Book: Once There Were Sad Songs by Velda Brothertoncategories: Book, Sad Songs, Ouachita Mountains, Motorcycle Adventures, Vietnam Vets, Magic Dragons, Vietnam War, Women's Fiction, Love Story
Velda Brothertonabout this book: Often my husband and I would camp, and one year we were exploring our home state of Arkansas and set up our tent at Lake Ouachita in the Ouachita Mountains south of the Ozarks where we live. There was a fine sandy beach and I went for a swim, then lay on the beach reading while he fished across the way. I hadn't been writing for very many years, but when I lay down the book I glanced across at a ratty old tent with motorcycles parked nearby. Some men were having a grand time. I could hear their music from a tape player, and heard Puff The Magic Dragon.
Wow, that sent me back a while. And it wasn't long before I began to tell myself stories of those three men. Where they came from, where they were going and what they were searching for. This imagining morphed into my book, Once There Were Sad Songs. The story of three men, two veterans of Vietnam, the other one who dreamed he had been there, and a woman searching desperately for the life she knew could be hers, if only she was brave enough to shake off the unhappy life she was living.
They all come together during a fantasy summer that changes all their lives.
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