Oh, Johnny by Jim Lehrer
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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Jim Lehrer's Tension City.

A talented athlete, Johnny Wrigley believes that someday he will play major league baseball. But his life unexpectedly takes a detour. In April 1944, Johnny is a newly minted marine on a troop train heading west for California, where he will be shipped overseas to fight in the Pacific Theater. At a brief stop in Wichita, Johnny gets off the train and falls in love with the most beautiful girl he has ever seen. In a storeroom at the station, they share an intimacy that Johnny will treasure for the next two years at war—and beyond.

In Peleliu and Okinawa, nothing prepares Johnny for the terrible events that will haunt him forever. During fierce combat, inspiring thoughts of Betsy Luck (the name Johnny has given his Kansas love) keep him safe. Two years later, Johnny is back in Wichita, searching for the girl he wants to marry. But fate has different plans for Johnny, his long-dreamed-of baseball career, and the girl whose memory helped him survive.
 

About Jim Lehrer

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Jim Lehrer is the author of twenty novels, two memoirs, and three plays, and for years was the executive editor and anchor of The NewsHour on PBS. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his novelist wife, Kate. They have three daughters.
 
Published March 20, 2009 by Random House. 241 pages
Genres: History, Sports & Outdoors, Literature & Fiction, War. Fiction

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This dream also goes bad, leaving Johnny with nothing but a menial job and his hopes of returning to both baseball and Betsy.

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The Washington Post

In his 19th novel in a run going back to the mid-1960s, public television news host Jim Lehrer presents Johnny Wrigley, a baseball-loving Maryland country boy heading off in April 1944 to kill Japanese in World War II.

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Historical Novel Society

In the opening scene of Jim Lehrer’s Oh, Johnny, we encounter nineteen-year-old Johnny Wrigley aboard a marine troop train bound for California during the last year of World War II.

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Bookmarks Magazine

In April 1944, Johnny is a newly minted marine on a troop train heading west for California, where he will be shipped overseas to fight in the Pacific Theater.

At a brief stop in Wichita, Johnny gets off the train and falls in love.

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