Something About Ann, by J. Everett Prewitt is an excellent book of short stories including a novella of the same name, that will touch the heart of all.
As a military “brat,” family member, and psychologist for the military, each of the short, compelling stories hit home for me. I have seen so much of what Prewitt so vividly describes, I found I could relate closely with each of these men.
The stories narrate the horrific experiences encountered by the “Seven” and how those experiences continued to haunt them through adulthood. Prewitt’s realistic depiction of the war never leaves one’s mind as it plays out in the men’s daily lives.
Each character relies on his survival skills to try to develop a peaceful mind, which causes conflict, anger, non-existent social skills. Clarence Bankston encounters a Vietnamese woman at a party and his anger is in full force. He finally comes to the realization that both sides suffered and lost loved ones. I related to Xavier in another story, as he like many of us, come to realize that life lessons are often learned in the most unlikely places.
Prewitt, a Vietnam Vet and former Army Officer, has taken his experiences and realistic writing skills and constructed insightful narratives using some of his friends, from home life on the street and the continual battle with the street and demons in their minds. He is very transparent in his description of Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome. Prewitt’s writing is emotional and engaging. Having witnessed my brother, a Vietnam vet, struggle daily with PTSD, Agent Orange, alcohol abuse, and anger, this read will give you a better understanding of what goes on daily just to feel normal.
Each of these men cling to each other for support and sanity. Many do not realize that these soldiers often can only relate to those who have been through the same experiences. The author made me rethink my views on assumptions, bonding and relationships. My hopes while reading these stories, is that someday we will accept individuals for who they are, and not try to change them to our standards.
“Something About Ann” by J. Everett Prewitt is a must read for all who are interested in learning about brotherhood, bonding, passion, and survival.
Carol Hoyer – Readers Views
Something About Ann is a collection of powerful, thought-provoking stories about the after effects of war, and how trauma influences survivors from both sides—for better or for worse. These interconnected short stories are filled with twists and surprise endings. They are captivating and keep the reader guessing.
Barbara Hacha – author of Line by Line
Vietnam. My era. This first story is certainly not for the faint of heart as the horrors of the Vietnam war and the soldiers who were devastated because of it is vividly created. The author’s brilliant writing style brings his readers onto the battlefield, into the war and all its tragic, harsh, life-changing realities. Clarence Bangston is struggling with PTSD along with six of his war buddie. Clarence meets a Vietnamese woman, Ann. The author sets a complicated stage about who Ann really is. Unbeknownst to Clarence and Ann, they had common ground, battle-lines were drawn.. Brilliant, suspenseful writing
******I was also quite impressed with how the author described a passionate love making scene. Took my breath away.*******
While reading this book I was taken back in time and I could hear “for what it’s worth” by Buffalo Springfield playing as I read parts of the book as well as Hendrix playing The Star Spangled Banner at Woodstock
The twists and turns and cast of characters the author creates surrounding Clarence and Ann’s places on the battle-lines were powerful and felt deeply. I felt part of the divide and able to move from side to side. Each was right. All is fair in love and war, or is it??
The chapters blend
And the stories continue to cross and develop with a desperate theme of war, albeit drug deals, playing pool – bonds of friendship and family tested. Life, survival an ongoing challenge
The unrest of the times of war and racial divide is defined in the stories of the lives of war vets and of color. The author is brilliant in bringing the racism and post-Vietnam war struggles to full light. The author spatters each story with connections to the 7 war buddies lives. The crossovers, blends and themes are fascinating.
And once again the writer brings you back onto the battlefields of Vietnam with the stench of death rising up from the pages, the explosions and gunshots and the moans and cries of the fallen
– I was heartsick. I was taken back in time and I could hear Robin Williams over the radio as DJ – Adrian Croneaur for all the soldiers to hear him in the powerful movie “GOOD MORNING VIETNAM”
Gail A. Eichinger