An American Tune by Barbara Shoup
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While reluctantly accompanying her husband and daughter to freshman orientation at Indiana University, Nora Quillen hears someone call her name, a name she has not heard in more than 25 years. Not even her husband knows that back in the ‘60s she was Jane Barth, a student deeply involved in the antiwar movement. An American Tune moves back and forth in time, telling the story of Jane, a girl from a working-class family who fled town after she was complicit in a deadly bombing, and Nora, the woman she became, a wife and mother living a quiet life in northern Michigan. An achingly poignant account of a family crushed under the weight of suppressed truths, An American Tune illuminates the irrevocability of our choices and how those choices come to compose the tune of our lives.


About Barbara Shoup

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Barbara Shoup is author of six novels and co-author of two books about the creative process. Her short fiction, poetry, essays, and interviews have appeared in The Writer and the New York Times travel section and her young adult novels, Wish You Were Here and Stranded in Harmony, were selected as American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults.
Published September 26, 2012 by Indiana University Press. 328 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Such is the central conflict of the novel as it leaps forward to present day: whether Jane/Nora will be able to continue drifting through her life as she did for so long—marrying the wrong guy because it was easy, forgetting the past—now that she is awakened to reality in her later years.

Jan 06 2012 | Read Full Review of An American Tune (Break Away ...

The Nervous Breakdown

It was like that awful green soap the school nurse used to clean scraped knees and elbows, and brought with it that panicky feeling she’d felt when she was a child, hurt, already feeling the sting she knew would come.

Oct 31 2012 | Read Full Review of An American Tune (Break Away ...

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