Jacob Wherly, an aging Vietnam veteran, shocked out of his staid existence as an Illinois highway patrolman, begins to live his life as he sees fit outside the established norms of his rural community. This self-styled buffoon befriends a teenage boy who is steeped in religious fundamentalism. Each seeks to convert the other to his world view – young Lenny to lead Jacob toward acceptance of Jesus as his savior, and Jacob to nudge Lenny through humor toward an awareness that the unexamined life is not worth living.
This comedic novel’s protagonist exemplifies what it means to be a baby boomer in the twenty-first century, suggesting what legacy those post-World War II babies might offer to their grandchildren’s generation, and taking a hard look at the role of war and fundamentalist Christianity in American culture.
Along the way, the reader may also begin to consider parallels between the Vietnam War and our current ventures in Afghanistan through the comic lens of Jacob, who dyes his hair and his house a flaming orange and surrounds himself with cats variously named for persons who figured in the Vietnam era – Madame Nhu, Ho Chi Minh, Melvin Laird, and Robert McNamara. This light-hearted yarn on serious subjects will both regale and give the reader pause for thought.
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