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Friday, February 8, 2013

Book Review - AS ALWAYS, JACK by Emma Sweeney



As Always, Jack: A Wartime Love Story

This is an older book, a nonfiction published in 2002, but it was new to me when I won it (okay, I stole it) at a white elephant gift exchange at Christmas.

As Always, Jack is really a sweet book. A woman (Emma Sweeney) finds a packet of letters her mother leaves to her. The letters are from her father, a man she never met. He had been a pilot during World War II, wooed and won her mother, and provided her with some brothers. A decade later, suddenly he no longer was around. You see, his plane went down at sea a few months before Emma was born.

In talking to her mother before her death and then in reading the letters, she begins to know her father--finally!--when she's an adult.

I found the book listed on Amazon and Barnes and Nobel for VERY reasonable prices. Emma Sweeney, by the way, is a literary agent in the Emma Sweeney Agency.