Deer Neck

Deer Neck

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Deer Neck is partially set in Vietnam, yet it is not a war novel. It's protagonist, Shelby Elkins is a wounded Vietnam vet, but his really serious wounds had nothing at all to do with the war. The war was only one of the 'strange new worlds' Shelby had found himself in over the years, some from which he was never able to find his way entirely back. Yet, for everything lost, something still remains. His friend, who had gotten killed in a helicopter crash, had left a letter for Shelby to read should something like that happen. In it he referenced a poem by Carl Sandburg, which ends "I have asked to be left a few tears and some laughter." Sandburg once also wrote, "If it can be done it is not a bad practice for man of many years to die with a boy heart." Deer Neck is about that wish and that practice.
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  • Paperback | 282 pages
  • 152 x 229mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0557272882
  • 9780557272884