Novel about Military Family Marks Debut of Writer Marian McCarthy
In BENEATH THE WILD BLUE, tragedy sends a spit-polished Air Force family into free fall
But when another kind of tragedy strikes, how does a military family navigate a future they've never prepared for?
Debut novelist Marian McCarthy answers this question in BENEATH THE WILD BLUE, the story of the Stoddards, a mid-century American Air Force family. The parents, Major Joe Stoddard his fiery wife Fritzi, along with their four children, are an adventurous bunch, willing to live anywhere the Air Force sends them. Then, while stationed in Italy, an accident occurs that changes each of their lives forever.
"The book captures the way the real military and their families act ion relationships. The dialog is excellent and matches the beat of the military." -- blogger and film producer R. Michael Brown
"I am not from a military family, so the experiences in this this book were not familiar to me. Still, I found myself captivated by the unique and compelling characters. The family, flawed, but so lovable and understandable, drew me into their lives..." -- author Joanne Fox Phillips
"This semi-autobiographical novel is an absolutely riveting read...each character is fully developed and distinct, especially Fritzi, a fierce, strong, readily identifiable military officer's wife. For any military brat or anyone who wonders what service life is like for families, this book is a must. If you are a brat who every lived in Naples, Italy in the 1960s, you will certainly recognize yourself. Not just a biographical family tale, but a novel with real substance that will resonate with anyone who enjoys a tale of family, sibling relations, or life in the military. This book marks the debut of a fine author."-- John Jaffe, librarian and former military brat
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