Monday, January 08, 2007

3. "Falling Through the Earth" ~ Danielle Trussoni

In this memoir, Danielle grew up with a brother, a sister, and a father who took her to the bar with him. She learned to roll dice for drinks, run from the cops, and listen to her father's Vietnam stories.

He was a "tunnel rat," a soldier who blew out the underground tunnel mazes that hid the enemy. One horrific moment changed how he looked at his life. Those moments are sticky as tar, and you either learn to scrape it off or allow it to cling to everything you touch. Her father chose to drink.

Typical Vietnam soldier story? Not really. It's also the story of how Danielle had her own battle scars based on her childhood. She doesn't allow her writing to get overly sentimental, but I felt like she played the blame game too much. If I were her mother, I'd be pissed.

2.5 out of 5.0 Vivid Dreams.

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