Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143113546, 264pp.
Publication Date: August 1, 2008
Deirdre McNamer has won praise for the intelligence, beauty, precision, and breadth of her fiction. This beautifully crafted, far-ranging novel of idealism laid waste and the haunting, redemptive bonds of friendship tells the story of three Montana men--brothers Aidan and Neil Tierney, and their friend Roland Taliaferro--who get swept up in the machinations of World War II and its fateful aftermath. After the war, Aidan returns to Montana ill and emotionally shattered from the war, and on a cold December day in 1946 is found fatally shot, an apparent suicide. Only when Neil and Roland are very old men does Aidan's death become illuminated, amplified, and finally put to rest.