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The Resource The volunteer, Salvatore Scibona

The volunteer, Salvatore Scibona

Label
The volunteer
Title
The volunteer
Statement of responsibility
Salvatore Scibona
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A long-awaited new novel from a National Book Award Finalist, the epic story of a restless young man who is captured during the Vietnam War and pressed into service for a clandestine branch of the United States government. A small boy speaking an unknown language is abandoned by his father at an international airport, with only the clothes on his back and a handful of money jammed in the pocket of his coat. So begins The Volunteer. But in order to understand this heartbreaking and indefensible decision, the story must return to the moment, decades earlier, when a young man named Vollie Frade, almost on a whim, enlists in the United States Marine Corps to fight in Vietnam. Breaking definitively from his rural Iowan parents, Vollie puts in motion an unimaginable chain of events, which sees him go to work for insidious people with intentions he cannot yet grasp. From the Cambodian jungle, to a flophouse in Queens, to a commune in New Mexico, Vollie's path traces a secret history of life on the margins of America, culminating with an inevitable and terrible reckoning. With intense feeling, uncommon erudition, and bracing style, Scibona offers at once a pensive exploration of how we are capable of both inventing and discovering our true families and a lacerating interrogation of institutional power at its most commanding and terrifying. An odyssey of loss and salvation ranging across four generations of fathers and sons, The Volunteer is a triumph in the grandest traditions of American storytelling
Summary
The abandonment of a child at an international airport is tied to the Vietnam War experiences of a restless recruit into a clandestine branch of the U.S. government
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10760047
Cataloging source
QPPL
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Scibona, Salvatore
Dewey number
813.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • United States
  • Familes
  • Life change events
  • Fathers and sons
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Families
Target audience
adult
Label
The volunteer, Salvatore Scibona
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000065135511
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
418 pages
Isbn
9781787330801
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
be2019008613
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)1057754437
Label
The volunteer, Salvatore Scibona
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000065135511
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
418 pages
Isbn
9781787330801
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
be2019008613
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)1057754437

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