The Hearts of Soldiers by DK Publishing

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On a snowy night in War, West Virginia, twelve-year-old Allison watches as her physician father picks up his scalpel and deliberately severs a man's jugular. "Was it worth it?" Allison writes to her father in prison.Twenty-seven years later she comes to her own answer. For now, amid the heat that shimmers off the Civil War monuments of the Gettysburg battlefield, amid the mysterious fires that are consuming the town's churches, Allison must face her own merciless truths: the death of her younger daughter, Hannah; the unraveling of her marriage as her minister husband turns away from her to God; and her intimate, unsettling friendship with a reclusive Vietnam vet. Next door to Allison, the chief of police is wrestling with his own grief. Having seen enough loss and death to darken the sun, Cal is still unprepared for his wife's announcement that she is leaving. For the first time confronting his failures as husband and father, Cal is also forced to ask the paramount question of his career: Who is turning Gettysburg's churches to ashes? In rich and lyrical prose, Joan Vannorsdall Schroeder tells the haunting stories of individuals struggling to come to terms with the fragility, and strength, of love and the power of truth.
 

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Schroeder grew up in Gettysburg, PA. She now teaches creative writing in Winchester, VA.
 
Published March 15, 1999 by DK CHILDREN. 336 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Two families fight their own quiet battles in the modern-day Gettysburg, Pa., of Schroeder's moving second novel (after Solitary Places). Both the Davieses (Cal and Ellen) and the Carvers (Allison and

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Two families fight their own quiet battles in the modern-day Gettysburg, Pa., of Schroeder's moving second novel (after Solitary Places).

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