Crossing the Path of Time

How time does get away from me.  It has been a busy couple of weeks house/pet sitting.   I was lucky to have friends come for a few days visit while I was out at the lake.  Then we did a whirl wind drive around Texas to pick up a used car, do a lil shopping, have a fantastic meal and grab some grandbabes to bring home.  Just made it in last night from managing 500 miles in one day!

Last night we managed to settle the kiddos down and I grabbed me a cool bath.  I zipped up my e-reader into a large zip lock bag so I could read my latest Jerome Charyn book, Back to Bataan.  As Jerome always does to me, I was transfered to another time and place.  I really liked how the story line shows you that small things can sway the decisions you make in life.  And in doing so you often have to make big sacrifices to correct the path your on.  You might have noticed that on facebook I changed my photo and page topper to this book.  They have a great lil contest going on with a $50 cash prize.  You may wanna get in on the deal yourself.  Change your Facebook or Twitter profile picture to the cover of Back to Bataan and be entered for a $50 cash drawing. It could be anytime between June 26, 2012 and September 30, 2012, and must be up for at least a 24 hour period. In order to be eligible, please email that your profile picture has been changed so that we can confirm it.

Now the story Back to Bataan was released in 1993 and this is a re-release with a new up to date cover.  Quite a difference between the two looks.  But the story line is as relevant today as it was 19 years ago.  Here is what the original cover looked like.  The new cover was done by Emma Michaels.  I love the art work she has done for several other books that I have seen lately.  She is great at capturing a wanting desire.  I have made it half way through the story so far.  I did not get to read as much as I desired last night.  The grandbabes were begging me to come and cuddle with them.  Yeah they had stolen my rightful place in bed so I had to go and tickle them out of my spot!   Let me share the summary with you.

Back to Bataan 
New York City, 1943. War is raging in Europe and the Pacific, while Jack Dalton is stuck attending Dutch Masters Day School. What Jack really wants is to enlist in the army, to fight...

Everything changes when Coco, Jack's "fiancee," throws him over for one of his classmates. Jack sees red and does something drastic. Then he runs away. Hiding out in a nearby park, Jack joins ranks with a group of vagrants and is soon under the sway of a man called the Leader, an ex-convict who is as articulate and charismatic as he is dangerous. The Leader turns Jack's world upside down. To put things right, Jack must prove himself a braver soldier than he ever imagined.

Jerome Charyn 
(born May 13, 1937) is an award-winning American author. With nearly 50 published works, Charyn has earned a long-standing reputation as an inventive and prolific chronicler of real and imagined American life. Michael Chabon calls him “one of the most important writers in American literature.”

Since 1964, he has published 30 novels, three memoirs, eight graphic novels, two books about film, short stories, plays and works of non-fiction. Two of his memoirs were named New York Times Book of the Year. Charyn has been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. He received the Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and has been named Commander of Arts and Letters by the French Minister of Culture.  Charyn lives in Paris and New York City.

You can get a copy of Back to Bataan at any of the following links.  Thanks so to Tribute Books for sharing with me and having a wonderful blog tour.


  1. Lenore, thanks for being Team Jerome all the way. Thanks for the review, and enjoy those grandbabes! :)

  2. Lenore - if there's anyone who can control time, it is you. You managed to squeeze a lot of content into just a few paragrpahs in this review - and some magic, too. As usual you are right on target. I may partake in that MONEY PRIZE myself, but, as you point out, the biggest prizes are JC's words.

    Long Live Team Jerome!


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