27 September 2012

Review: Back To Bataan

Happy Thursday! Today, I'm doing a review in conjunction with a tour from Tribute Books. Back To Bataan by  is a YA novel. Enjoy!


New York City, 1943. War is raging in Europe and the Pacific, while Jack Dalton is stuck attending Dutch Masters Day School. What Jack really wants is to enlist in the army, to fight...

Everything changes when Coco, Jack's "fiancee," throws him over for one of his classmates. Jack sees red and does something drastic. Then he runs away. Hiding out in a nearby park, Jack joins ranks with a group of vagrants and is soon under the sway of a man called the Leader, an ex-convict who is as articulate and charismatic as he is dangerous. The Leader turns Jack's world upside down. To put things right, Jack must prove himself a braver soldier than he ever imagined.


Poor little Jack.

Jack Dalton Junior is the narrator of this story. His father has died at Bataan, and his mother works at a silk factory, weaving parachutes for the war. Jack is struggling to find his place in the world, and when his "fiancee" dumps him he becomes jealous of her new relationship with the rich and privileged Arturo and does something he'll regret.

We follow Jack through his time as a hobo, and watch as he learns some ways of the world from The Leader. This story is a compelling one of a young man, wandering through a world he can't understand, and growing with each trial he endures.

This was a quick read, and kept my interest through each page. I highly recommend it.

About The Author:

Jerome Charyn (born May 13, 1937) is an award-winning American author. With nearly 50 published works, Charyn has earned a long-standing reputation as an inventive and prolific chronicler of real and imagined American life. Michael Chabon calls him “one of the most important writers in American literature.”

New York Newsday hailed Charyn as “a contemporary American Balzac,” and the Los Angeles Times described him as “absolutely unique among American writers.”

Since 1964, he has published 30 novels, three memoirs, eight graphic novels, two books about film, short stories, plays and works of non-fiction. Two of his memoirs were named New York Times Book of the Year. Charyn has been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. He received the Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and has been named Commander of Arts and Letters by the French Minister of Culture.

Charyn lives in Paris and New York City.

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1 comment:

Tribute Books said...

Lindsay, thanks for giving Jerome's novel a thumbs up. Appreciate it!