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A World War II saga and much more, Through a Long Absence: Words from My Father’s Wars explores one soldier’s personal wars: his stint as a child bootlegger, his prolonged wartime absence from his wife, negotiating the chasm between their first-generation immigrant families, and practicing surgery in tents under fire.
Joy Passanante is an Idaho writer, working in three genres. Her collection of stories, The Art of Absence, and her novel, My Mother’s Lovers, were both finalists for several national awards. Her essays have received awards from Shenandoah and the Magazine Association of the Southeast. She has also published a fine-press book of poems, Sinning in Italy. She has received Idaho Commission on the Arts Fellowships for poetry and fiction and an Idaho Humanities Council Research Fellowship for nonfiction. For twelve years she served as the University of Idaho’s Associate Director of Creative Writing. Through a Long Absence is nominated for the Idaho Book of the Year Award and is a Finalist for the Foreword Best of the INDIES Award.
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