Since World War II lasted a long time, it makes sense that William Wouk's book, "Winds of War" would be long. He tells of a family, with two sons, both in the Navy, one an aviator and the other a submariner.
A daughter wouldn't even go to college, instead fell in love with the theater and went to New York as a sectetary of a film producer. The mother is beautiful and gives the best parties. The father is of course in the Navy.
The most interesting feature of the father is that he accidentally impressed Roosevelt, who shows off his tremendous memory by remembering this insignificant Navy man. Whenever Roosevelt sees him, he gets his hopes up, making him think he will win some special notice, but he doesn't. When the war ends and he finally receives the captaincy of a battleship, Japan blows it up at Pearl Harbor. You knew that.
The author tells us about the war incidentally as he tells what the father and sons are doing in the service.
Meanwhile the wife decided 50 years of this is enough and she asks for divorce to marry a new flame. The author keeps the story interesting by having the husband refuse.
After all these years, he wants to relax and enjoy his wife! The book has this unusual ending, with the husband planning to maintain the old house in the old neighborhood with the old friends. He will woo her again!
"Sing, Unburied, Sing" is a novel by Jesmyn Ward. It has been called a "road novel" because most of the action takes place on a family trip. The family plans to travel to the town where the prison is because the son is about to be released. The story is sad in its likeness to current stories we hear about people imprisoned for such minor infractions. Otherwise it reminds me of stories by Faulkner and Morrison. The son is a white father to Leonie, a black mother.
Their son, Jojo, says he has trouble thinking of her as Mama; she is not at all loving to him. She treats the toddler better, but not much. Her main trouble is drugs, which give her visions, in which she sees her dead brother. The grandfather ia the best anchor of the whole family. One continuous happening that I disliked and couldn't see the good of was that the toddler was always throwing up on people.
The Young Adult choice for ths month is "In Search of Us," by Ava Dellaira. It is a family story with a mother and daughter and two uncles. Marilyn is a beautiful teen who has made some commercials and hopes for such a career but the calls don't come fast enough.
She and her mother should get regular jobs but that is not the story of this book. The uncles complain all the time because the family has no money or jobs. Marilyn eventually falls in love with James, who lives upstairs. In another section of the book, we meet Marilyn's daughter, Angie, who is obsessed with finding her father, who Marilyn says is dead.
She luckily finds her uncle. who looks just like her father. The mother should have kept in touch, so she has to be forgiven for failing to.