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Baby Jack: A Novel Hardcover – 22 Aug 2006
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About the Author
NBC former anchor and author Tom Brokaw says, AWOL is a powerful and timely account of those missing in actionthe privileged class of America staying out of uniform and out of harm's way.”
General (Retired) Les Palm President and CEO Marine Corps Association says: In AWOL, Frank Schaeffer and Kathy Roth-Douquet, a parent and a spouse of Marines, respectively, provide thoughtful insights into one of our nation's most tragic and growing ironies: the citizen's of our nation who have benefited most from the opportunities our society provides have no sense of obligation or duty to defend those ideals under which they have so successfully prospered. AWOL drives home, with hope and respect for our forebears, the need to address the evaporating sense of duty and service to our nation.”
Frank's fourth novel, Baby Jack, is due out in the fall season of 2006 from Carroll and Graf (Avalon) as their lead fiction title.
Frank was born in Switzerland to the famous American evangelical theologian/evangelist Dr. Francis Schaeffer. Frank was sent to British boarding schoolsfrom which he ran away at fifteen. He became an artist protégé. His first one-man show was in New York at the Frisch Gallery when he was seventeen. It was followed by successful shows in London and Geneva. Mrs. David Rockefeller bought the first painting sold at Frank's New York show.
Frank is a survivor of both polio and an evangelical/fundamentalist childhood, an acclaimed writerr who overcame severe dyslexia, a home-schooled and self-taught documenttary movie director, a feature film director and producer of four (pretty terrible”) low budget Hollywood features, and a best selling author of both fiction and nonfiction.
Frank is married to Genie. They have three children and two grandchildren. Frank and his family have lived in Switzerland, England, and South Africa, and now reside near Boston.
Top customer reviews
The author uses many different voices to convey his story including baby Jack who is born after his father is killed. We also hear from God who we discover has a good sense of humor. The writer so skillfully crafts this story that it unfolds the plot through all these different view points and yet remains totally understandable and clear for the reader.
There are many issues in this book; however, like all great novels it is drove home by strong characterizations. We witness the disapproval of Jack by his own father because of his decision to join and serve in the Marine Corps. His dad refuses to write to him or to talk to him. Jack's parents end up fighting and falling apart. There are so many really good relationship issues that Schaeffer attacks, explores or alludes to throughout his wonderful text. This story will make you think about social issues as well - like how the rich and well-to-do families are not sending their children off to war.
In some ways this book is about spiritual issues as well. It explores the heart and the soul and indirectly forces the reader to question certain things about life and God and duty. You cannot read this book without being changed in some way. It is powerful, moving, at times irreverent and humorous, sad, surreal, but always entertaining! This is Schaeffer's best work to date and that is saying a lot since he has created some gigantic and profound works already.
The MWSA gives this book its highest rating of FIVE STARS!
This book also receives my personal endorsement as a must read book! This book is destined to become a part of the New York Times Top 10 best selling books! Put your money on that - it is that great!
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Tears from a big ol' guy is a good indicator that Baby Jack will make a perfect gift for his upcoming birthday. One of our sons is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom & Operation Iraqi Freedom. Even though we can identify with Schaeffer's writings, I hope that other folks who do not have any ties to the military will also give this book a read. It, as well as other of Schaeffer's writings, is a good way to put ourselves in the shoes of those who quietly serve.
To John Schaeffer and his family of Marines, soldiers, sailors, & airmen... THANK YOU!
Todd Ogden, an acclaimed painter with works in museums around the world and a supposedly successful thirty-year marriage is living in and painting his two hundred year old house when his youngest son, Jack joins the Marines instead of going to college. Jack goes to Iraq and is killed. Baby Jack is the story of how his baby son is coped with by the baby's grandfather.
Recommended for fans of Frank Schaeffer
Gunner December 2007