Carry Me Home

By John M. Del Vecchio

  • Paperback: 750 pages
  • Published: February 18, 2013
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098533889X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985338893
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 1.7 inches

In this powerful and poignant epic, Del Vecchio transports the soldiers of the Viet Nam experience to their final battlefield—the home front. High Meadow Farm, in the fertile hill country of central Pennsylvania, would be their salvation. In Viet Nam they had fought side by side, brothers in arms. Now in the face of personal tragedy and bureaucratic deception, they would create a more enduring allegiance, an alliance of the spirit and the soil.

“Carry Me Home” is the remarkable story of their struggle to find each other and themselves, a saga spanning fifteen years—fifteen years lost in a wilderness called America. In its scope, breadth, and brilliance, “Carry Me Home” is much more than a novel about Viet Nam and Viet Nam veterans. It is a testament to history and hope, to hometowns and homecomings, to love and loss, to faith and family. It is a novel about two decades in our collective lives and the cleansing of our spirit—an inspiring and unforgettable novel about America itself.

“In this…final installment of his trilogy about America’s war in Southeast Asia (The 13th Valley; For the Sake of All Living Things), Del Vecchio focuses on veterans who returned home in the late ’60s only to find themselves viewed largely as lepers…the overall purpose of his powerful proletarian art demands such detail to underscore his characters’ pain and, for a few, uplifting recovery.”—Publishers Weekly

“Carry Me Home completes a trilogy begun by The 13th Valley, and deals, much like James Jones’ Some Came Running, with veterans trying to adapt to civilian life….in the end they gain a frightening power from Del Vecchio’s accretion of utterly authentic detail. And Wapinski, at least, comes to a hard-earned redemption through the example of one fine old man and a beautiful, communitarian idea.”  —Booklist

“Arresting, searing and shattering…the most eloquent novel ever to examine the American Viet Nam veteran and his return home to a nation that had failed him.” —International Review