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For Vietnam veteran Christian Starkmann, the war did not end with his return home. It goes on, in his memories and dreams, affecting his life and those around him, especially his wife, June, whose story this is as much as it her husband’s.
“Indian Country,” a term used to designate hostile and dangerous territory, has more than one meaning for Chris Starkmann. For since his return from combat eleven years before, the remote terrain of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula—Ojibwa Indian Country—has become his sanctuary from a country he views as increasingly hostile and frightening. But having become a stranger to his wife and children, Chris is poised on the edge of an outburst that will threaten to destroy forever the thing he loves most.
“A brave, unsentimental book by one of our nation’s best.” —Newsday
“Terrifying, heart-breaking and dead-true, Indian Country…goes far beyond anything I have encountered in the literature of Vietnam.” —Tim O'Brien
“The climactic passages have a hallucinatory clarity, and they stick in the mind.” —Frank Conroy, The New York Times Book Review
“Caputo displays an impressively varied novelistic talent.… he gives us flashes of often subtle insight into the reality of the war-scarred, peace-ravaged Vietnam veteran.” —Chicago Tribune Book World
“From men at war to the elasticity of family love…an eloquent affirmation of the healing capacity of the human spirit.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer