|April Morning (1961) [Novel]|
by Howard Fast
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On April 19, 1775, Adam Cooper, aged 15, signed the muster roll of the Lexington militia. This book by Howard Fast is the story of the next twenty-four hours in his life — the story of the birth of a man and a nation and a way of life.
It is a story of almost unbearable tension, a deceptively quiet description of a single day in a boy's life, of his moment of coming of age, of the heroism of unheroic people, and the courage that builds upon fear and hesitancy.
This is the story of a battle, but we think it is unlike any battle story you have ever read. In all truth, it is the story of the beginnings and the specific memory of America; it is for anyone and everyone who is an American or who has ever loved or cherished any part of what we call the American dream.
But with that the portrait here of Adam Cooper's coming of age, of his first knowledge of love and death, and of his struggle to triumph over his own youth is the most fulfilled writing of Howard Fast, a stirring book of passion and hope, as true an account of resistance and resolution as anyone has ever written.
Original title: April Morning
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ North America→ American Revolution