All Manner of Things by Susie Finkbeiner


All Manner of Things, by Susie Finkbeiner, is an outstanding story that takes place during the Vietnam War. The characters are so well defined it is easy to feel they could be friends or family members. This is an emotionally filled story that focuses on topics such as war, PTSD and family issues.

Annie’s father was not the same man when he returned from the Korean war and left his family without ever contacting them. Now many years later, Annie’s brother, Mike has enlisted in the Vietnam War as a medic. He has asked Annie that if something should happen to him, to contact their father. With the death of their grandfather, Annie contacts their father. He comes home, but is not welcomed by their mother. As a young adult, just out of school, Annie takes on a lot of responsibilities in the family. When Mike is having extreme struggles in Vietnam, she is the one he turns to. When her mother is not able to forgive her father, it is Annie that reaches out to him. And she is the one that is there for the younger brother.

I loved this story and so wish it could have gone on a lot longer. I enjoyed the little things mentioned about the mother’s cooking abilities. The author has blended a little humor into a very serious story. The story is so well written it is easy to get pulled in with the family as they cling to the news broadcasts regarding the war. I received a copy of this book from the Revell Reads Blog Program. This is my honest review.

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