An American Tune an American Tune

An American Tune an American Tune : A Novel a Novel

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While reluctantly accompanying her husband and daughter to freshman orientation at Indiana University, Nora Quillen hears someone call her name, a name she has not heard in more than 25 years. Not even her husband knows that back in the '60s she was Jane Barth, a student deeply involved in the antiwar movement. An American Tune moves back and forth in time, telling the story of Jane, a girl from a working-class family who fled town after she was complicit in a deadly bombing, and Nora, the woman she became, a wife and mother living a quiet life in northern Michigan. An achingly poignant account of a family crushed under the weight of suppressed truths, An American Tune illuminates the irrevocability of our choices and how those choices come to compose the tune of our lives.show more

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  • Electronic book text | 328 pages
  • Indiana University Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 0253007542
  • 9780253007544

About Executive Director Barbara Shoup

Barbara Shoup is author of six novels and co-author of two books about the creative process. Her short fiction, poetry, essays, and interviews have appeared in The Writer and the New York Times travel section and her young adult novels, Wish You Were Here and Stranded in Harmony, were selected as American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults.show more

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"Barbara Shoup has written a rich and timely story about one generation's outrage and the long reverberations of secrets. Her plot has much to say about the tangle of responsibility and how an ill-advised war disrupts an intricate network of ordinary American lives. A striking and memorable novel warm, sage, and beautifully written." --Joan Silber, National Book Award finalist for Ideas of Heaven: A Ring of Stories, and author of four other books of fiction--Lucky Us, In My Other Life, In the City, and Household Words--Joan Silber "National Book Award finalist for Ideas of Heaven: A Ring of Stories, and author of four other books of fiction--Lucky Us, In My Other Life, In the City, and Household Words "show more

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