~ Sting Ray Summer Synopsis ~
In the early Sixties, Ann Garretson sparks an airmail romance with her brother’s best friend, Jack Sigg, both of whom are West Point graduates stationed in Germany to guard the Czech-German border during the Cold War. Ann’s and Jack’s correspondence heats up, and they hatch a rendezvous in Germany for the summer of 1964 to seal their budding love. A match for the ages.
Not so fast: Ann’s best friend, Terry Marshall, helps her plan the European escapade, but then notices she’s a girl, and that he’s in love with her. In June, he bids her a wistful goodbye. Four lonely weeks later, he decides he can’t live without her. He proposes marriage – by mail. His letter throws all three of their lives into turmoil.
Ann is in love with two men who hold strikingly different visions of the future. Lt. Jack Sigg offers a military life, the life she grew up with as an Army brat. Terry, a fiery conscientious objector, is slated to go to Venezuela at summer’s end with the Peace Corps – unless the draft board intervenes and he goes to jail.
The two competing love stories are enmeshed in the major societal issues of the early Sixties: the personal choices young women confronted during the Sexual Revolution; the Cold War; America’s involvement in Vietnam; Civil Rights; and the hotly contested 1964 national election. The Authors Ann and Terry met in high school – by mail. In college they became buddies. Then came their tortured courtship featured in Sting Ray Summer.
Look for the book in 2019!
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