Stewart Dubinsky knew his father had served in World War II. And he'd been told how David Dubin (as his father had Americanized the name that Stewart later reclaimed) had rescued Stewart's mother from the horror of the Balingen concentration camp. But when he discovers, after his father's death, a packet of wartime letters to a former fiancée, and learns of his father's court-martial and imprisonment, he is plunged into the mystery of his family's secret history and driven to uncover the truth about this enigmatic, distant man who'd always refused to talk about his war.
As he pieces together his father's past through military archives, letters, and, finally, notes from a memoir his father wrote while in prison, secretly preserved by the officer who defended him, Stewart starts to assemble a dramatic and baffling chain of events. He learns how Dubin, a JAG lawyer attached to Patton's Third Army and desperate for combat experience, got more than he bargained for when he was ordered to arrest Robert Martin, a wayward OSS officer who, despite his spectacular bravery with the French Resistance, appeared to be acting on orders other than his commanders'. In pursuit of Martin, Dubin and his sergeant are parachuted into Bastogne just as the Battle of the Bulge reaches its apex. Pressed into the leadership of a desperately depleted rifle company, the men are forced to abandon their quest for Martin and his fiery, maddeningly elusive comrade, Gita, as they fight for their lives through carnage and chaos the likes of which Dubin could never have imagined.
In reconstructing the terrible events and agonizing choices his father faced on the battlefield, in the courtroom, and in love, Stewart gains a closer understanding of his past, of his father's character, and of the brutal nature of war itself.
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It seems that during the war, Stewart’s father had been engaged to another woman (to whom the letters are addressed), that he had been court-martialed and imprisoned for assisting a potential spy’s escape and that Stewart’s mother and father had kept the truth from their children.Sep 01 2005 | Read Full Review of Ordinary Heroes: A Novel
Ordinary Heroes by Scott Turow Picador £16.99, pp320 Since Presumed Innocent in 1987, Scott Turow has continued to produce intelligent, thoughtful novels set among the lawyers of the fictional Kindle County.Feb 25 2006 | Read Full Review of Ordinary Heroes: A Novel
Stewart Dubinsky, retired Kindle County journalist, opens ORDINARY HEROES with this observation as he mourns the passing of his father, David Dubin, at the age of 88.Jan 13 2011 | Read Full Review of Ordinary Heroes: A Novel
As David slogs through the snow of Bastogne between encounters with Martin and Gita—harrowing chunks of the novel have nothing to do with their triangle—it's unclear what genre Turow is attempting.Nov 02 2005 | Read Full Review of Ordinary Heroes: A Novel
For those readers accustomed to legal fireworks ignited by Scott Turow in such works as PRESUMED INNOCENT or BURDEN OF PROOF, ORDINARY HEROES may prove a surprise since although law plays a part in the narrative, the emphasis is on war.| Read Full Review of Ordinary Heroes: A Novel
Joyce Carol Oates, author, High Lonesome: Stories 1966-2006I never visit beaches except to walk or run, but I do travel frequently, and, on long air-flights especially, take along a duffel bag of bound galleys of upcoming books to read, or read into, in search of a book, and an author, I will wa...May 23 2006 | Read Full Review of Ordinary Heroes: A Novel
It was Shakespeare who first spoke of those happy few, that band of brothers Turow asks us to consider what ordinary people do when confronted by the horror of war while, at the same time, being confronted equally by the need to act, to do something.| Read Full Review of Ordinary Heroes: A Novel
After his death Stewart sorts through his deceased father’s papers and discovers that David Dubin (sensitive about his Jewish origins, he dropped the last syllable from his name, but his son reinstated it) had been the subject of a court martial and imprisoned.| Read Full Review of Ordinary Heroes: A Novel
Ordinary Heroes, Scott Turow's seventh novel, abandons the legal world he has mined since 1987's smart, genre-defining Presumed Innocent in favor of World War II-era Europe and a tale of espionage and self-discovery.Nov 28 2005 | Read Full Review of Ordinary Heroes: A Novel
When divorced, middle-aged crime reporter Stewart Dubinsky discovers letters his late father wrote during World War II, he’s compelled to probe his father’s past.Aug 27 2007 | Read Full Review of Ordinary Heroes: A Novel
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