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Gene jogged down the hallway in his stocking feet and called, “Mom, where are you?”
Anna's door opened. She had already taken off her church clothes and slipped on a cotton dress. “What is it?” she asked.
“The East Germans are closing off the border in Berlin. I heard it on the radio.”
“Oh no.” Anna's hands leaped to her face. “I knew this would happen. I tried to tell them.”
“Maybe they can still get out. Maybe the government will. . . ”
But Anna had begun to cry. “I'll never see Peter again. I never will.”
Young Gene Thomas, son of Alex and Anna Thomas, has everything going for him: his natural good looks, his family's prosperity, and his reputation as the best athlete at East High in Salt Lake City. But now that world events are affecting his family, things may not be so rosy after all.
Kathy Thomas, daughter of Wally and Lorraine Thomas, has been thinking a lot lately — maybe too much — about politics, nuclear war, and racial injustice. What bothers her most is that nobody else in the family seems to care as much as she does.
Hans Stolz, son of Peter and Katrina Stolz, has been trying to get his parents to leave East Germany before it's too late — before the government won't let them leave. And now, suddenly, the border is closed.
In The Writing on the Wall, the first volume of the series Hearts of the Children, author Dean Hughes recreates the era of the '60s in stunning detail. But more than that, he shows how the turmoil of that period affects an ordinary family of Latter-day Saints. If you're interested in Church or world history, or if you're simply looking for a powerful LDS novel, you won't want to miss The Writing on the Wall.
- Run Time: Approx. 400 min.
- Book on CD: Abridged
About the Author
Dean Hughes has published books for readers of all ages, including the bestselling historical fiction series Children of the Promise. Through Cloud and Sunshine is his one-hundredth published book. Dean holds a bachelor’s degree from Weber State University and master’s and PhD degrees from the University of Washington. He has taught English at Central Missouri State University and Brigham Young University. Dean and his wife, Kathleen Hurst Hughes, served a mission to Nauvoo, Illinois. The parents of three children and grandparents of nine, they live in Midway, Utah.
A excellent blend of characters with outstanding feelings for the times
by Karen - reviewed on February 07, 2002
I was so excited to recieve my copy of this book. I loved the orignal series, and had waited anxiously for the sequel series. I was not disappointed!! Dean Hughes is a master at telling us the condtions of the times. I especially enjoyed the parts that included behind the borders of East Germany, and the freedom rights of the south. Now I just have to hang out for the next book......that's a hard ask.
by Customer - reviewed on September 23, 2001
I completely enjoyed this book. It was thoughtprovoking and enjoyable. I read it quickly and can't wait for the next one.