By Maria Testa
(Candlewick, Hardcover, 9780763619961, 80pp.)
Publication Date: August 11, 2003
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A spare, lyrical - and ultimately heartening - novel about one family’s experience during the Vietnam War that has much to say to a new generation of readers.
Doctors don’t fight; doctors heal. But when the young narrator of Maria Testa’s lyric novel watches her father march off to serve a year in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, a year seems like a very long time. A year is a long time when you’re waiting for letters, waiting for word. A year seems endless when you don’t know where your father is anymore. A year is almost forever when you’re wondering . . . and forgetting.
Through the eyes of an observant child, Maria Testa, author of the critically acclaimed BECOMING JOE DIMAGGIO, has written a taut and tender American ballad of one family’s experience in the year 1968 - a year that would be a turning point in both U.S. involvement in South Vietnam and American public opinion.
Maria Testa has written several children’s books, including the middle-grade novel BECOMING JOE DIMAGGIO. A lifelong New Englander, Maria Testa grew up in Rhode Island, graduated from Brown University and Yale Law School, and now lives in Maine. About ALMOST FOREVER, she says, "It is a tribute to the children of Vietnam veterans and to those who did not come home from the war. It is my hope that we can always remember ourselves as children, so as not to forget the new generation of young people still waiting for the end of forever."