Contemporary Women's Fiction
Publish Date: June 21, 2018
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Love can choose no side...
1968 - 1971
Sixteen-year-old Charlotte Parsons is trying to make sense of her older brother’s death in Vietnam. Unbeknownst to her parents, she joins a group of college women who send letters to soldiers to boost morale. She soon befriends a young soldier, Joseph Russo. She wants to learn more about the war from a soldier’s perspective, not from the little she hears on the nightly news. But a few months after they begin corresponding, his letters stop coming, and Char moves on, still not understanding why so many young lives are being lost so far away from home.
Two years later, Char begins college in her small Illinois town of Grand Falls. She’s been dating her brother’s long-time best friend, Deke Masterson, who is a senior in college and is deep into the anti-war movement. Char is still trying to come to terms with her brother’s death and is still unsure of how she feels about the war. Then a stranger comes to town and changes everything.
Joseph Russo did his duty and served in the Vietnam War, earning a Purple Heart for his injury at the firebase as well as a life-long limp. He’s ambivalent about the war. He felt it was his duty to serve. While he was in Vietnam, he started corresponding with a girl from Grand Falls and he enjoyed reading all about her idyllic life in the quiet Illinois town. For a boy from the rough side of The Bronx with a tough father and a delinquent younger brother, Grand Falls sounded like heaven. He decided when he was discharged he’d move there and attend college. And when he meets Charlotte in person, he’s taken with her sweetness, intelligence, and her beauty.
The battle lines are drawn as Deke resents Joe’s presence around Char. What started out as a well-deserved escape to a small town for Joe soon turns into a battle of wills between him and the idealistic Deke. And there stands Charlotte, right in the middle.
Night Music is a story about a moment in time when the world was chaotic and nothing was completely clear. In the midst of all the chaos, can Char and Joe somehow find enough middle ground to fall in love?