I am pleased to bring you my review of The Fourteenth of September by Rita Dragonette for Suzy Approved Book Tours.
About The Book:
On September 14, 1969, Private First Class Judy Talton celebrated her nineteenth birthday by secretly joining the campus anti-Vietnam War movement. In doing so, she jeopardizes both the army scholarship that will secure her future and her relationship with her military family. But Judy’s doubts have escalated with the travesties of the war. Who is she if she stays in the army? What is she if she leaves?
When the first date pulled in the Draft Lottery turns up as her birthday, she realizes that if she were a man, she’d have been Number One―off to Vietnam with an under-fire life expectancy of six seconds. The stakes become clear, propelling her toward a life-altering choice as fateful as that of any draftee.
The Fourteenth of September portrays a pivotal time at the peak of the Vietnam War through the rare perspective of a young woman, tracing her path of self-discovery and a “Coming of Conscience.” Judy’s story speaks to the poignant clash of young adulthood, early feminism, and war, offering an ageless inquiry into the domestic politics of protest when the world stops making sense.
Miss W’s Review:
The Fourteenth of September by Rita Dragonette is an incredible work of historical fiction set in the time of the Vietnam War. The author does an incredible job of portraying the chaos that was America at this time.
Judy Talton is attending college on a Army scholarship, yet she secretly participates in the anti-war movement on campus. At this time as a 19 year old, she is literally living two different lives. This unique perspective becomes even more complicated as the draft lottery is installed at her school. The first date called was her birthday and if she had been a man she would of been called to war.
The character of Judy is a unique perspective as most written works of this time period are from a man’s perspective. The story is well written, emotional and captivating.
A MUST read!
About The Author:
RITA DRAGONETTE is a former award-winning public relations executive turned author. Her debut novel, “The Fourteenth of September,” is a woman’s story of Vietnam which was published by She Writes Press on Sept. 18, 2018. She is currently working on two other novels and a memoir in essays, all of which are based upon her interest in the impact of war on and through women, as well as on her transformative generation. She also regularly hosts literary salons to introduce new works to avid readers. Fore more, visit www.ritadragonette.com
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