Along The Watchtower
A powerful, original story about quintessential Army brat Lucinda Collins—a bold, spirited girl who must come face to face with the sacrifices of her military family.
Set against the closing years of the Cold War, Constance Squires’s debut novel introduces the family of Army Major Jack Collins, through the eyes of his headstrong eldest daughter Lucinda. While Major Collins defends his country from its foreign enemies, Lucinda must learn to steel herself against the chasms in her family, the strict regiments of life on a base, and her growing feelings of displacement and isolation. Finding her own tribe through rock and roll, she meets fellow Army brats, GI’s, a Nazi ghost, and Syd, who knows how it goes. But after her father’s final shocking betrayal, the only world she’s ever believed in falls like the Berlin Wall, leaving Lucinda to chart a new path.
In spare, heart-wrenchingly beautiful prose, Constance Squires offers us a rare glimpse into the experiences and sacrifices of an American military family. Along the Watchtower is a powerful story, vibrant and soaring, that reveals what it truly means to fight for the things we believe in and to defend the ones we love.
artwork by Liza Corbett, used with permission