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Absolution / Alice McDermott.

McDermott, Alice, (author.).

American women - American wives - have been mostly minor characters in the literature of the Vietnam War, but in Absolution they take center stage. Tricia is a shy newlywed, married to a rising attorney on loan to navy intelligence. Charlene is a practiced corporate spouse and mother of three, a beauty and a bully. In Saigon in 1963, the two women form a wary alliance as they balance the era's mandate to be "helpmeets" to their ambitious husbands with their own inchoate impulse to "do good" for the people of Vietnam. Sixty years later, Charlene's daughter, spurred by an encounter with an aging Vietnam vet, reaches out to Tricia. Together, they look back at their time in Saigon, taking wry account of that pivotal year and of Charlene's altruistic machinations, and discovering how their own lives as women on the periphery - of politics, of history, of war, of their husbands' convictions - have been shaped and burdened by the same sort of unintended consequences that followed America's tragic interference in Southeast Asia.

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  • ISBN: 9798885794794
  • Physical Description: 453 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
  • Edition: Large print edition.
  • Publisher: [Waterville, Maine] : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage company, ©2023.

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General Note:
Regular print version previously published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Subject: Vietnam War, 1961-1975 > Fiction.
Americans > Vietnam > Fiction.
Female friendship > Fiction.
Military spouses > Fiction.
Wives > Fiction.
Genre: Large print books.
Historical fiction.
Psychological fiction.

Available copies

  • 1 of 2 copies available at Lehigh Valley Library System.


  • 1 current hold with 2 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Allentown Public Library MCDERMOTT, ALICE (Text) 34455007060821 Large Print On Holds Shelf -
Bethlehem Main Library f (Text) 33062009810954 New Large Print Fiction Available -

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