Digging to Indochina
Fifteen-year-old Bryan and their mother, Carol, carry on at home with the support of Neal Richards, a high school shop teacher who becomes part of the family. The only news of Ivy comes in the form of cryptic postcards until she shows up back home, ashamed and disillusioned. She needs her family to save her from herself and the violent man who says he loves her, if only she could admit it. Digging is an apt metaphor for Connie Biewald's writing, which probes and sifts the buried storage vaults of family relationships with an archaeologist's precision. Her work will appeal to those readers who love the fiction of Anne Tyler and Carol Shields.
An always interesting, authentic story about the next generation, the children of Vietnam veterans--children who dig, not to China, but to Indochina. A good solid read.
iUniverse, 9780595322312, 240pp.
Publication Date: August 1, 2004