Third Tuesday Author: Jack Estes
Join local author Jack Estes on Tuesday, May 18 at 7pm via Zoom (registration details below) for a presentation of his latest novel, Searching for Gurney, which follows the lives of three US Marines and a North Vietnamese soldier during horrific battles in the jungles and rice paddies of Vietnam.
The book delves into the emotional, physical, and psychological effects of the war on the American and Vietnamese young men caught up in the conflict. American soldiers JT, Coop, and Collins, along with North Vietnamese soldier Vuong, fight for their respective countries in a war that is brutal and terrifying.
But what happens after the war? Eventually the Americans go to a home that’s no longer home, while Vuong is assigned to run a labor camp to “reeducate” South Vietnamese soldiers and sympathizers. The war is over, but as Vuong numbly observes, it lives on inside their heads. With gripping clarity, Jack Estes takes the reader into the damaged souls of these young men. The fate of Lt. Gurney haunts every corner of the story as each of them tries to make sense of the war.
Jack Estes lives in Lake Oswego with his wife Colleen. In 1968 he was flunking out of college, and had no job or money and his girlfriend was pregnant, so he joined the Marine Corps and was sent to Vietnam. The first seven months he served with the Third Marines, fighting deep in the jungles and mountains, where the only Vietnamese he saw were the ones they killed. In December that year Jack was transferred to a Combined Action Platoon, where he lived with 10 Marines, a Navy Corpsman and 15 villagers, called Popular Force Soldiers. He was wounded and received a purple heart and was decorated for valor. Upon his return he attended Portland State and Southern Illinois University and became a National Collegiate Speech Champion. This is where he began writing. Jack is an award winning author and has written three books; A Field of Innocence, a memoir, A Soldier's Son, his first novel, and his most recent novel, Searching for Gurney.
His articles and essays have appeared in Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, New York Post, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, the Oregonian and many other publications.
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