THE MOON LOOKED DOWN
Few authors tread where Garlock
has no fear of going. From the Great Depression to World War II, she
weaves novels of middle America that resonate with modern readers because of the deep emotions of her characters and their poignant stories. Garlock's novels are timeless and unforgettable.
As WWII breaks out, the Heller family, farmers outside the small town of Victory, are victims of the rising tide of hatred against Germans. Though they emigrated in 1933, built their home and became American citizens, they are threatened and nearly burned out by a band of hooligans.
Cole Ambrose has returned to Victory to teach. His clubbed foot prevents him from joining the armed forces, but after befriending vibrant Sophie Heller, he realizes there's a war at home too. Sophie is determined to stop the vandalism and hate targeting her family and gives Cole the courage he needs to rebuild his relationship with his father and a new life for himself -- not as a cripple but as a strong, vital man. (GRAND CENTRAL, Jul., 385 pp., $13.99)