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Not to be Forgiven is a paperback, of 256 pages.
Hugo House Publishers (February 19, 2013)
Dimensions: 6 X 9
, author of Buffalo Bill's Dead Now
, a Wind River mystery says:
Not to be Forgiven explores the explosive emotions that ripped through the home front as World War II raged on and on. With the sure-handed strokes of a master writer, Peterson tells of friendship marred by hatred and fear, and of the way in which love and understanding can finally redeem the past. A magical and mesmerizing story.
, author of True Sisters
and The Quilt Walk
says of the novel:
Not to be Forgiven is a haunting novel about how the war twists the life of a young girl living thousands or miles from World War II battlefields. Both historian and story teller, Nancy M. Peterson, whose nonfiction books on the West are classics, writes how a wartime friendship flares into hatred, leaving scars that cause a lifetime of regret. Set against a background of wartime rural America, Nor to be Forgiven is not to be forgotten.
FINALIST IN INDIE BOOK AWARDS -- WELL DESERVED! June 4, 2014
By Beeny Elno "Beeny": (Amazon)
A real page-turner with significant historical detail,
M.K. Greggory, a/k/a Sis, tells the story of how a child experiences World War II in the heartland of America. To this small town arrives an air base and a POW facility for captured Nazi prisoners, who then provide needed work on the surrounding farms while residents are cooperating with the couponing and giving metals and other products to the war effort. No one is immune to the war. Prisoners are both human and nonhuman -- and the same is true for town residents.
M.K.'s father runs the town's newspaper, and her mother is a reporter. The deaths of young men from all the surrounding communities have to be reported, and families have to be constantly prepared for loss. M.K.'s brother is sent to war. Through his letters to the family, we can see some of his experiences, and through M.K.'s eyes, we see the effects of propaganda on the town residents. His absence continues suspense -- will he make it home again, and if so in what condition?
M. K.'s heart opens and closes, and by the end, we fully understand what "not to be forgiven " means.
I had just read The Book Thief, and I must say that Not to Be Forgiven compares well -- parallel tales of the same war on different continents...I highly recommend Peterson's novel.
Christopher Fischer, reviewer for Good Reads:
Not to be Forgiven
by Nancy Mayborn Peterson is an amazing book. Written in the innocent voice of a young girl it tells the story of the Greggory family in Nebraska during the years of WWII.... An air base being set up in their vicinity, the evacuation of Japanese 'aliens', the growing hate towards Germans and Japanese in the country and the draft of Danny into the war are bringing the war closer to her life than what this reader could have imagined from a European view point. Using the perspective of a young girl enables the author to make a lot of important points, which 'we grown ups' often tend to forget. Children's naivety can put a magnifying glass on subjects such as hatred and intolerance. This is a beautifully written and heart warming story of a girl growing up, coming into her own and learning important life lessons. To me it is an amazing achievement in combining world history with a very personal moral tale that really moved me. A wonderful book that I cannot recommend enough.
See www.goodreads.com/review/show/658355708 for complete review.
Sandy Whiting in ROUNDUP Magazine
"Some actions have forever consequences, especially those done in anger
Although 11-year-old Mary Kathleen, known as MK lives in the middle of the United States during World War II, that far-off war still affects her and her community. When drunken men wreck havoc on the local cafe owned by those of Japanese ancestry, citizens rally to support the owners. When MK lashes out in anger at an innocent German POW who has befriended her, the revelation of their friendship results in tragic consequences to the man.
This novel would be a good read for the 'tween group, too. It's a good lesson in history, and how hasty decisions affect others. "
Ariel Smart in THE PEN WOMAN
, National League of America Pen Women, Spring 2014:
"Hiram's Spring, Nebraska, an 'our town'...is shocked to learn it will host German Prisoners of War, who will be shipped into their valley to work in their fields. The relationships and dynamics of their presence in the community are well-addressed in the story.
Mary Katherine's idol is her brother, Danny, who...will be fighting men like those who will be working on their farms. 'Sis' takes a vicarious journey through the evils of war with her beloved brother. Underneath the patriotism and irrational fear lies prejudice and cover-ups that only now in this decade have been known.
...Nancy Mayborn Peterson asks deep, philosophical questions in her novel, Not to be Forgiven . God only knows if we can answer truthfully."
"Nancy Mayborn Peterson perfectly captures the voice and spirit of Sis Greggory, the precocious young girl whose patriotism is fueled by love for her soldier-brother Danny. She deftly portrays Sis's attempts to reconcile her hatred for the German enemy, a constant threat to Danny's safety, and her friendship with Horst, a gentle German POW assigned to a nearby prison camp. Through Sis, this paradox builds to a shocking climax that left me stunned. Its powerful impact remained with me long after I'd turned the final page."
I'm reading your book now and am enjoying it, remembering events and phases from those years, and remembering the feelings too. You've captured it all so well.
I'm at the part where the POW camp is being built. My Dad worked at the air base, and we had a lady whose husband was stationed there living in one of our spare rooms ---- and I almost freaked out the first time we had to go to the basement at Roosevelt (Grade School) for a drill.
I'll be reading long past bedtime tonight. Wonderful job, Nancy.
Shirley F. (librarian, retired)