Night Music: A Novel

Coming June 2018!

Night Music
Deanna Lynn Sletten

Book Description:

1968 - 1971

Sixteen-year-old Charlotte Parsons is trying to make sense of her older brother’s death in Vietnam. Unbeknownst to her parents, she joins a group of college women who send letters to soldiers to boost morale and she befriends a young soldier, Joseph Russo. She wants to learn more about the war from a soldier’s perspective, not from the little she hears on the nightly news. But a few months after they begin corresponding, his letters stop coming, and Char moves on, still not understanding why so many young lives are being lost so far away from home.

Two years later, Char begins college in her small Illinois town of Grand Falls. She’s been dating her brother’s long-time best friend, Deacon (Deke) Masterson, who is a senior in college and is deep into the anti-war movement. Char is still trying to come to terms with her brother’s death and isn’t quite sure what her beliefs are about the war. Then a stranger comes to town and changes everything.

Joseph Russo did his duty and served in the Vietnam War, earning a Purple Heart for his injury at the firebase where he was stationed as well as a life-long limp. He’s ambivalent about the war, but felt it was his duty to serve. While he was in Vietnam, he started corresponding with a girl from Grand Falls and he enjoyed reading all about her idyllic life in the quiet Illinois town. She described it as a place where there were still tree-lined streets, malt shops, family owned stores, and everyone knew your name and said hello when you passed on the street. For a boy from the rough side of The Bronx with a tough and hardened father and a delinquent younger brother, Grand Falls sounded like heaven. He decided when he was discharged from the army he’d move there and attend college. And when he meets Charlotte in person, he’s taken with her sweetness, intelligence, and her beauty.

The battle lines are drawn, however, as Deke resents Joe’s presence around Char. What started out as a well-deserved escape to a small town for Joe soon turns into a battle of wills between him and the idealistic Deke. And there stands Charlotte, right in the middle.

Night Music is a story about a moment in time when the world was chaotic and nothing was completely clear. In the midst of all the chaos, can Char and Joe manage to find enough middle ground to fall in love?


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