A dual memoir written in the alternating voices of both authors follows how the youngest son of a privileged New England family joined the Marines, and how experiences reshaped his father's beliefs about the characters of people in the military service.
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In 1998, Frank Schaeffer was a successful novelist living in âVolvo-driving, higher-education worshippingâ Massachusetts with two children graduated from top universities. Then his youngest child, straight out of high school, joined the U.S. Marine Corps. Written in alternating voices by eighteen-year-old John and his father, Frank, Keeping Faith takes readers in riveting fashion through a familyâs experience of the U.S. Marine Corps. From being broken down and built back up on Parris Island (and being the parent of a child undergoing that experience), to the growth of both father and son and their separate reevaluations of what it means to serve. From Frankâs realization that among his fellow soccer dads âthe very words âboot campâ were pejorative, conjuring up âtroubled youths at riskâ â to Johnâs learning that âthe Marine next to you is more important than you are,â Keeping Faith is a fascinating and personal reconsideration of issues of class, duty, and patriotism. But as John and his fellow recruits battle to make the cutâand Johnâs family struggles to deal with the worry and separation, it is also an extremely timely, moving, and wonderfully written human interest storyâa moving chronicle of love, duty and patriotism in contemporary America. âBeautifully written ... great insight and unselfconscious humor.ââPublishers Weekly