- Babies of the rose
Babies of the rose
Author Justin Smith has taken real-life accounts of veterans to create a moving work of fiction.
James Kite is a Vietnam veteran. He’s alone and at the end of his life, haunted by his role in the death of a mentally disabled Vietnamese boy during the War.
Grace Moore spent her teenage years hiding her body before becoming a plus-size model and getting the attention she’d always craved. After she’s assaulted during a street robbery, she finds herself in a new battle, with depression.
The Soldier is a serving military professional. After a failed suicide attempt, he returns to duty in Afghanistan. One day while on patrol in the mountains, he cradles a local woman as she dies - an event that follows him home to his wife and newborn child.
James, Grace and the Soldier meet on Anzac Day while watching the dawn service at Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance. Has fate brought them together for one last chance at finding peace?
Based on true stories told to the author in conversations with veterans and serving Australian Defence Force members from six different wars and conflicts.
Details: Fiction, published 2020.
Format: Soft cover, 288 pages.
Dimensions: 23.4 cm (h) x 15.3 cm (w).