Men, Women Follow Call to Service on All Fronts in New Novel Set During WWII

Dog Ear Publishing reviews a new book about the impact of World War II on young Midwesterners, focusing on their trials and tribulations.

Monument, CO, May 31, 2019 --( The post-Depression Midwest was filled with young people eager to help their families get back on their feet. However, all too soon, the cloud of war loomed over the nation. Jeff Morris’ new novel, “Paper Dolls & Hollow Men,” released by Dog Ear Publishing, shares a story of patriotism, courage and hope.

Young men are called to service, including Virgil Thomas and Gabby Thurlow. Some, such as John Simon, volunteer for service, much to the surprise and confusion of their families. Young women, including Louise Forest, join the workforce, becoming competent mechanics to fill the hole left by young men who were pulled from their jobs to join the military.

Other young women are left to handle the ever-growing challenges related to keeping their families afloat during wartime, such as Charlotte Ross. Can these young people overcome the obstacles of war with the hope, courage and love that are the foundation of their small-town lives, or will their lives be changed for the worse?

In “Paper Dolls & Hollow Men,” Morris tackles the many different ways that World War II changed life for average Americans. Using a series of effective and descriptive vignettes, Morris paints a picture of war through the eyes of the average people who dealt with everything from food shortages to dramatic, life-altering injuries.

This is the second novel for Morris, a lifelong reader who embarked on a career as a writer after retiring from his career in engineering. He has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in English from the State University of New York College – Cortland. Today he lives in Colorado with his wife, Jean.

Paper Dolls & Hollow Men
Jeff Morris
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-4575-6691-2 306 pages $17.95US

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