If you grew up in the 1960s, you will remember how heavily the War in Viet Nam weighed on our country’s conscience. You may have known men—boys really—who came home changed in ways that left them unable to return to the life they once had. This is Arthur’s coming of age story, a tale of youthful loves and loss, of failure, and the search for redemption that seems forever beyond reach. His words tell it best…
"How does a man recover from so much loss? How does he banish the ghosts he has carried with him for so many years? I have yet to find an answer. I came first to my small island that summer. I sought a peace that was beyond my grasp and knew instinctively I could only hope to find it in a wild place. I began writing, making more false starts than I can count, but if there is a way out, a way forward, I know it must be on the written page.
This writing I do is not voluntary. I am drawn to it. In writing, I offer contrition and seek forgiveness that will not come. Faith would help, if I had any, but I left it in Viet Nam with my innocence. As I tell my story, I return, hoping to find it."
Arthur Mac MacNeil
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