Join us this Saturday, September 22, from 11 am to 1 pm, for a booksigning with Marie Manilla as she signs her first novel, Shrapnel, winner of the Fred Bonnie award for Best First Novel.
Shrapnel explores the legacy of war in three generations of men from the Butler family. Bing Butler, a seventy-seven-year-old, right-wing widower and WWII veteran from Texas, reluctantly moves in with his feminist, anti-war daughter in West Virginia. Here, he is forced to bury painful family secrets and stifle his tendencies toward racism, classism, and homophobia. His post-9/11 anxieties equally force him to grapple with these psychological foibles, as his daughter’s only son rallies to enlist to serve overseas. Bing had once embraced such patriotic fervor, but after bullying his own son into going to Vietnam he finds he must now muster a kind of emotional bravery he never knew he was capable of in order to keep the family together. At turns funny and at other turns frightening (and frighteningly honest), Shrapnel is always surprising and ultimately greatly rewarding.
Visit Ms. Manilla’s website for more information about this book.