The War in Fiction, part 2: The Home Front

prisoners.bmpA War is not one story, but many.

Here is the second of three lists of fiction that views the war through many eyes, reflecting the diverse experiences of civilians and soldiers around the world whose lives were drawn into the Second World War.

As the war draws to its close, the lives of men and women in a rural Kentucky town are indelibly changed whether they are returning from the front lines or waiting back at home.

Humor and pathos punctuate this coming-of-age novel in which Josh, a witty 17-year-old, navigates his New Mexico town and tends to his ditzy, alcoholic mother while his father is off serving in the Navy.

Young, idealistic Payton Daltry is just finding his place in the world when the invasion of Pearl Harbor challenges his beliefs, alters his visions of the future, and sends his life in unexpected directions.

German U-boats maraud the waters off North Carolina, and it falls to Coast Guard Lt. Josh Thurlow and his motley crew to protect defenseless ships against the roving wolves of the deep. First in a series.

Ichiro goes to prison for refusing to fight for a nation that has interned his family behind barbed wire, only to find himself shunned for his lack of loyalty by the Japanese-American community after the war.

Dan Timms longs to go and fight half a world away from Loring, Mississippi, but questions of patriotism and racism will ignite a battle on the homefront as a group of German POWs are set to work in the fields

3 thoughts on “The War in Fiction, part 2: The Home Front”

  1. Readers might also find Wendell Berry’s A Place on Earth interesting for its portrayal of life in a small, fictional community in rural Kentucky as WWII draws to a close. The lives of Berry’s characters are indelibly changed by the war, whether they were on the frontlines or in their own homes.

  2. WHAT A GREAT suggestion, Barry! I know Wendell Berry is one of your favorite authors, and in my experience you’re not alone – we have lots of Berry fans out in this neck of the woods, too. In fact, I’ll add it to the list this minute! Anyone else know of some great Home Front reads?

  3. What about Dream When You’re Feeling Blue by Elizabeth Berg.
    Definitely homefront, has issue of women working at men’s jobs, young men not always returning, and day-to-day activities such as USO dances and writing letters to soldiers.

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