Death Coming Up the Hill
“You never know what’s coming up the hill,’’ Ashe’s mom said after returning late from another anti-war rally, sparking another fight with Ashe’s dad. This line is repeated throughout the book, a reminder that things might still work out for the better, and a happy ending is precisely what Ashe want with all the battles being fought. Hundreds of American soldiers are dying every week in Vietnam, and riots for equal rights lose more lives, and in Ashe’s home the marriage that only Ashe has kept together for seventeen years is falling apart. Ashe just wants peace, both in the nation and in the home, but can it happen.
I found it interesting that it was written entirely in haiku format. One syllable is dedicated for every American soldier that died in Vietnam the year 1968. Each section header tells you how many soldiers were reported dead in the newspaper that week. While not my favorite kind of story, Ashe’s voice comparing the war in Vietnam to his life at home as a senseless situation that could’ve been avoided, left me with a strong impression.
|Page Count||208 pages|
|Publisher||HMH Books for Young Readers|
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