I have never read a historical novel set in a time like this. Late October 1961. Not a great time to be living in Florida as the United States and Cuba were setting up for a deadly game of cat and mouse.
Susan Carol McCarthy used this time and place to create her novel. People were picking up signs of something happening, even before it was announced. People were leaving in droves, filling stations were not able to receive fuel, yet a semblance or normalcy was trying to take place. Wes, a veteran who was part of the bombing of the cities in Japan, now owned a Texaco station. His wife, Sarah, is having a nervous breakdown. There daughter Kitty is a teenager who is looking forward to homecoming.
The events that transpire are tragic as we feel how they could change the people, not only in Florida and Cuba, but around the world, for all time.
McCarthy built her characters slowly but yet I felt a true sense of feeling what her characters were feeling all along the way. I could not put the book down, once I began.
Anyone that would like to see a different perspective of the Cuba Missile Crisis should read this book. As should anyone that enjoys historic novels or very good writing.
I was given this book by NetGalley and Random House Publishing in exchange for my honest review,