Mare's War

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Mare's War

By Tanita S. Davis

Alfred A. Knopf, Paperback, 9780375850776, 341pp.

Publication Date: January 25, 2011

Meet Mare, a World War II veteran and a grandmother like no other. She was once a willful teenager who escaped her less than perfect life in the deep South and lied about her age to join the African American Battalion of the Women's Army Corps. Now she is driving her granddaughters two willful teenagers in their own rite on a cross-country road trip. The girls are initially skeptical of Mare's flippy wigs and stilletos, but they soon find themselves entranced by the story she has to tell, and readers will be too.
Told in alternating chapters, half of which follow Mare through her experiences as a WAC and half of which follow Mare and her granddaughters on the road in the present day, this novel introduces readers to a larger-than-life character and a fascinating chapter in African American history.

About the Author
This is Tanita S. Davis's first novel. She made her first pate a choux in high school, discovered that Mae Ploy sauce goes with almost everything, and that there's nothing on earth like good Thai food. She lives in Northern California with two finches, a snake named Willful, and the world's best baker.

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Praise For Mare's War

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2009:
"Absolutely essential reading."