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America Was Hard to Find

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BIC Subject: Vietnam War fiction
Published By: Hachette Australia
 
Published: 16-Jan-2020
Format: Paperback, 432 pages,
ISBN: 9781474614542
Stock Code: 4614542
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An astronaut who will go on to be the first man to walk on the moon. A child of privilege who has run away to work in a pilots' bar in the Mojave Desert. A love affair that interacts with three of the twentieth century's most iconic moments: the race to space, the rage against the Vietnam War, and the ravages of the AIDS epidemic. An astronaut who will go on to be the first man to walk on the moon. A child of privilege who has run away to work in a pilots' bar in the Mojave Desert. A love affair that interacts with three of the twentieth century's most iconic moments: the race to space, the rage against the Vietnam War, and the ravages of the AIDS epidemic.
Ecuador, 1969: Fay Fern, sits in the corner of a restaurant, she and her young son Wright turned away from the television where Vincent Kahn becomes the first man to walk on the moon.

Years earlier, Fay and Vincent meet at a pilots' bar in the Mojave Desert. Vincent is a married test pilot training as an astronaut; Fay is a spurned child of privilege working in her sister's bar. Fay, as an activist. Their casual affair ends quickly, but its consequences linger.

Though their lives split, each become heroes to different sides of the political spectrum of the 1960s and 70s: Vincent an icon with no plan beyond the mission for which he has single-mindedly trained, Fay a leader of a violent leftist group whose anti-Vietnam actions make her one of the FBI's most wanted.