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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
A House Divided: A Saga of the Sixties by Kip Sieger is a family saga set against a strong political backdrop, with references to the war in Vietnam and anti-war demonstrations in the US. Meet Paul Milton, who would have been looking forward to a great summer vacation with the usual activities that lift his spirits, but the news on TV is depressing. His sister, Mary, comes home from college with her roommate, “her freewheeling friend trailing airily in her wake,” to attend the graduation of their brother, Chris. An event that should have been a great family get-together quickly turns into an unfortunate one that could tear the family apart when Chris expresses his desire to join a boot camp rather than going to college. Mary stands against everything that speaks of war, and her brother’s dreams of joining a boot camp couldn’t be more offensive. Follow this powerful conflict as a once united family faces the greatest challenge yet.
This is a work of great intelligence and imagination, a story that brilliantly captures the tumult of a historical moment while demonstrating deftly how the events of the war affected personal lives and families. Kip Sieger is a great storyteller and he knows how to keep readers engaged, thanks to his gift for character and plot. The characters are real and believable, each infused with a strong sense of humanity, and each facing a conflicting situation in life. They are conceived with solid backgrounds. The conflict is masterfully handled and this drives the plot. The pacing in A House Divided: A Saga of the Sixties is fast and the action is developed in a way that keeps the reader focused on reading on to see how the story ends. The first person narrative voice will keep readers utterly mesmerized and absorbed.