Size: 6 x 9
Pub Date: 6/2002
Dead are Dancing, The
William Lloyd Roller
There's trouble brewing in America's heartland. Traditional patriotic values have taken firm root in the community of Cannon, Illinois, and that's putting it mildly. The citizens unanimously send their sons off to war to kill and die for the greater glory of town and country. But Billy Richcreek knows something is off course with the focus on killing. He can't just be dismissed as a nonconformist oddball. Billy is the star athlete on the high school football team, and above all others in his generation, he is the mayor's hope for a proud symbol of Cannon's willingness to fight.
When the Vietnam War heats up in the 60's, Billy is faced with a dilemma. Does he keep to himself his reservations about what his town and country are doing? Or does he risk being called unpatriotic because he speaks his conscience and questions the course of American foreign policy? The stakes are high as Billy stands to lose both his best friend and the woman he loves. The Dead Are Dancing exposes the folly of our devotion as a people to guns and empire.
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Review: "After you read The Dead Are Dancing, America will never seem quite the same...you begin to comprehend how deeply this novel penetrates into American culture and history. Outrageously satiric and utterly original."
-J. Bruce Franklin, author of Vietnam and Other American Fantasies and John Cotton Dana Professor of English, Rutgers University
Bio: WILLIAM LLOYD ROLLER is a native son of Illinois. He has been a stevedore, steel worker, college teacher, mountaineer, family therapist, social scientist, author and video maker. The Dead Are Dancing is his first novel. He lives in Berkeley, California with his wife.
For more information about William Lloyd Roller and The Dead Are Dancing, visit www.thedeadaredancing.com.