Shrapnel in the Heart: Letters and Remembrance from the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial

Laura Palmer, Author Random House (NY) $17.95 (243p) ISBN 978-0-394-56027-4
Thousands of letters and messages have been left at the Vietnam Memorial Wall since its dedication in 1982, many preserved by the National Park Service as part of a planned museum collection. Palmer, who worked in Saigon as a reporter in the early '70s, found and interviewed many of the people who left them. The resulting book combines the messages with the comments of those who wrote them, and one would have to look far to find a work that stirs deeper emotions. Reading it is a cathartic experience rather than a depressing one. The bodies of the fallen are buried elsewhere, but as far as the surviving family members, friends and comrades are concerned, the spirits of the dead seem to dwell in and around the monument itself. Shrapnel in the Heart is in its own way as awesome a memorial as the wall. Photos. Major ad/promo; author tour. (November)
Reviewed on: 09/30/1987
Release date: 10/01/1987
Paperback - 272 pages - 978-0-394-75988-3
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