Ten-year-old Helen and her summer guardian, Flora, are isolated together in Helen's decaying family house while her father is doing secret war work in Oak Ridge during the final months of World War II. At three Helen lost her mother and the beloved grandmother who raised her has just died.A fiercely imaginative child, Helen is desperate to keep her house intact with all its ghosts and stories. Flora, her late mother's twenty-two-year old first cousin, who cries at the drop of a hat, is ardently determined to do her best for Helen. Their relationship and its fallout, played against a backdrop of a lost America will haunt Helen for the rest of her life.
John Geoghegan has written extensively about aviation history, underwater exploration and marine engineering for The New York Times Science Section, Smithsonian Air & Space, WIRED, Popular Science, Aviation History, Military Heritage, Flight Journal and the San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Magazine.
Williamstown, Massachusetts-based journalist and author Alex Kershaw will mark the anniversary of Pearl Harbor with a talk at Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center, Vermont Friday evening at 7. Kershaw will discuss his new book The Liberator, about one soldier’s 500-day march from Sicily to Dachau. Alex Kershaw spoke with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.
Host Alan Chartock is joined by World War II scholars and authors Robert Edsel and Alex Kershaw, who will lead tours of important sites in Europe in conjunction with the National World World II Museum over the coming months.