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Hello, Janice

Hello, Janice: The Wartime Letters of Henry Giles

Dianne Watkins Editor
Copyright Date: 1992
Edition: 1
Pages: 264
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    Hello, Janice
    Book Description:

    The novels of Janice Holt Giles grew in part from her marriage to Kentuckian Henry Giles. That union and the couple's settling near Henry's boyhood home in Kentucky provided the source and inspiration for Janice's earliest books and influenced much of her later writing.Hello, Janicetells the story of how their marriage came about.

    eISBN: 978-0-8131-4995-0
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Acknowledgments
    (pp. vii-viii)
  4. Prologue
    (pp. ix-xviii)

    Summer, 1943. The United States was at war. Rumblings of a second world war had been heard since September 1939, when Germany invaded Poland. Although Americans were not directly involved on battlefields at that time, they were waiting, watching, and preparing. The bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, plunged the United States into immediate action. President Franklin D. Roosevelt called the day “a date which will live in infamy” and signed a declaration of war against Japan on the next day. Japan’s Axis partners, Germany and Italy, declared war on the United States on December 11. Congress reciprocated,...

  5. 1 “It was nice of you to write to me.”
    (pp. 1-24)
  6. 2 “… across the distances of time and space … .”
    (pp. 25-36)
  7. 3 “… when war will separate us no more.”
    (pp. 37-47)
  8. 4 “Well, Christmas in England hasn’t been so bad.”
    (pp. 48-59)
  9. 5 “Somehow it seems you are very near me.”
    (pp. 60-71)
  10. 6 “You mean more to me every day… .”
    (pp. 72-78)
  11. 7 “… my love for you will be my source of strength.”
    (pp. 79-88)
  12. 8 “There is loneliness unless there’s letters.”
    (pp. 89-99)
  13. 9 “Somewhere in France.”
    (pp. 100-110)
  14. [Illustrations]
    (pp. None)
  15. 10 “Another day, and another letter to you.”
    (pp. 111-125)
  16. 11 “I hope this damn war will soon end.”
    (pp. 126-136)
  17. 12 “… and now I’m in a hospital.”
    (pp. 137-147)
  18. 13 “… surely, by next Christmas, we will be together.”
    (pp. 148-158)
  19. 14 “… fate brought us together, and love has held us so.”
    (pp. 159-168)
  20. 15 “War is hell.”
    (pp. 169-176)
  21. 16 “… one happy day, this waiting will be over … .”
    (pp. 177-185)
  22. 17 “Yes, you are my entire world … .”
    (pp. 186-198)
  23. 18 “The war is over! Thank God.”
    (pp. 199-208)
  24. 19 “The quickest way home to you is too slow.”
    (pp. 209-223)
  25. Epilogue
    (pp. 224-230)

    “Do we honestly hate war?” wrote Janice in the unpublished manuscript “My Darling Daughter.”

    Theoretically I am certain we do. But actually, I don’t know. Isn’t it, I have asked, a time both nationally and individually when we come alive, join hands and purposes, strengthen our spines… .

    Why have the men of the Second World War never stopped telling their stories? Because, whether they are aware of it or not, there is a still, small voice that keeps telling them those were the best years of their lives… .

    I have examined my own emotions during those years. Mine...

  26. Letters by Date
    (pp. 231-232)
  27. Index
    (pp. 233-239)