Chicago Review Press
On Sale: November 1, 2017
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I hope you get drafted, I hope you go to Vietnam, I hope
you get shot, and I hope you die there. Those words,
spoken in the anger of youth, marked the end of the
torrid 1960s college romance of Annette DuBose and Gabe
Pender. She would marry a fellow antiwar activist and end
up immigrating to Canada. He would fight in Vietnam and
come home to build an American dream kind of life—a great
career, a trophy wife, and a life of wealth and
privilege. Forty years later, they have reconnected and
discovered a shared passion: solo canoeing in Ontario's
raw Quetico wilderness. They decide to meet again to get
caught up on old times, but not in a restaurant or coffee
shop—they agree to meet on an island deep in the Quetico
wilds. Though they try to control their expectations for
the rendezvous, they both approach the island with a
growing realization of the emotional void in their lives
and wonder how different everything might have been if
they had spent their lives together. They must overcome
challenges just to reach the island, then encounter the
greatest challenges of all—each other, and a weather
event for the ages. Alone on the Shield is a story about
the Vietnam war and the things that connect us. It is the
story of aging Baby Boomers, of the rare kinds of people
who paddle alone into the wilderness, and of the kind of
adventure that comes only to the bold and the brave.
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