Books: Hometown Indiana
Under the Apple Tree: A World War II Home Front Novel
It is December 8, 1941. Everyone in Artie Garber‘s class in Birney, Illinois is in the school auditorium. They are hushed and serious, listening to President Roosevelt declare that the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor has brought on war. Down the street, Artie’s big brother Roy, recovering from a hangover, is preparing to join the Army. Shirley, a girl Roy cares for, is taking a new interest in the would-be soldier. And Artie, “going on 11” prepares to do his best for the War Effort. While Roy goes to Guadalcanal, he’ll be collecting newspapers in his wagon, spying on the local Chinese laundryman in case he is really a Jap, and watching for Messerschmitts on his roof.
This World War II novel reveals the strains, fears, personal tragedies, and courage of a small town on the home front. The story is told a new edition celebrating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II— and also the enduring popularity of a book which has become an American classic.