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The Sixth of June

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Title:The Sixth of June
Shapiro, Lionel   
(2 of 4 for author by title)
They Left the Back Door Open
The Sealed Verdict
Published:   1955
Publisher:Doubleday & Company, Inc.
Tags:Canadiana, fiction, Governor General's Literary Award, romance, war, World War II, film/TV adaptation

World War II was more than a historical event; it was a deeply personal, emotional experience for all who lived through it overseas and at home. This novel whirls the reader back to that time and that experience-to the fevered years in America, to blitz-torn London, to the beauty, love, and mounting terror that marked the progression of the war to its magnificent climax, the D-day assault on THE SIXTH OF JUNE. It tells the story of Brad Parker, heir apparent to a Connecticut newspaper empire, who went overseas owing his loyalty and his love to his wife, Jane. It tells the story, too, of Valerie Russell-beautiful, compassionate, ware-weary—who owed her loyalty to a brave Englishman. Brad and Valerie feel deeply, helplessly in love. In sight of each other their primary loyalties fell away. But certain as they were of their love—and that it could overcome every obstacle, every loyalty-they reckoned without the emotional miracle the took place on THE SIXTH OF JUNE.

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Pages:338 Info

Author Bio for Shapiro, Lionel

Lionel Shapiro (1908-1958) was a Canadian journalist and writer. Born in Montreal, Quebec, he attended McGill University. He became a journalist and worked for the Montreal Gazette. When World War II started he joined the army as a war correspondent. He participated in amphibious landings at Sicily, Salerno, and Juno Beach on the D-Day invasion. He wrote several novels mostly with war themes including "The Sixth of June" which won him the Governor General's Award for English-language fiction in 1955. (Macmillan Dictionary of Canadian Biography)

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