To think, for example, about the fact that the president has been amassing troops in the Persian Gulf, and that war is imminent—--but not inevitable.
The year is 1990. As a rare and devastating chill threatens to wipe out her family'’s entire orange crop and the rest of the Central Valley'’s economy with it, Emily must make a choice: to stand up for her values and risk losing her friends—--her boyfriend included--—or to keep the peace by not speaking out against the war.
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("All war protestors are cowards and traitors," one citizen says at a meeting, while Emily accuses the servicemen she sees on TV of enlisting so they could play with "life-sized GI Joe toys.) An earnest effort, perhaps, but ultimately an unconvincing novel.| Read Full Review of Peace Is a Four-Letter Word