Chicago, IL: Laura Lynn Ashworth, 2014. Presumed First Edition/First Printing. Wraps. 254 pages. Wraps, illus. Signed by the author. While helping an elderly family member with Veterans Administration paperwork, the author came across 170 letters exchanged between two teenagers in love during the final terrifying years of World War II, 1943-1945. Sal, age 19 and nicknamed Slabby for his movie star good looks, deciphers code out the of Navy's radio shack on the USS Signet, a minesweeper in the Pacific. Loretta, age 15, monikered Duchess for her aloofness, lives with aunts and her widowed father, while holding day jobs and enjoying an active social life with friends. Both from the Douglas Parkneighborhood in Chicago, the two adolescents discuss with humor and candor the war, politics, their families, friends, life back home, and their relationship. Condition: as new.
Keywords: WWII, Love Letters, Douglas Park, Chicago, IL, Pacific Theater, Radio Communication, Home Front, USS Signet, Signed