Virtual Book Talk With Local Writer Peggy O’Toole Lamb
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Date & Time
Thu, Sep 17 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
On Thursday September 17 (6:30 pm), please join us for a virtual book talk with local author Peggy O’toole Lamb, when she discusses her book “Darling: Lot Letters from WWII” with Chaucer’s Books!
From Ingram Content Page
In 1942 Frank was conscripted into the army and soon rose to First Lieutenant in Patton’s Third Army. After grueling training in the Anti-Aircraft Artillery (A.A.A.) in the Desert Training Center, Frank shipped out to the European Theater of Operations in April 1944. He left his new wife Catherine and their newborn son John after only holding his child for an hour in the hospital.
The author, Peggy O’Toole Lamb, researched the classified Army Morning Reports to detail the date and location of Frank’s battalion, the 546th A.A.A., during the war. She gathered information from Patton’s writings and diary, and the Third Army’s After-Action Reports to find what had happened during the battles and campaigns and cross-referenced with the dates of his letters. Frank spared Catherine, Kitty, the gruesome details of war, instead he shared stories of camaraderie, the beautiful countryside, and his longing for her and his son. Lamb gives the details he left out.
Lamb uses the letters to look through Frank’s lens and writes as if he is telling the story, expressing feelings of happiness, sadness, frustration, anger, and love. Darling captivates the reader as if the action is happening in the present time, never knowing when it will all end.