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Overview After forty years of silence, two daughters search for the truth they hope will set them free and the elusive peace their parents have never found.
A beautiful young woman. An American soldier. A war-torn country. Nearly forty years of silence.
Now, two daughters search for the truth they hope will set them free and the elusive peace their parents have never found.
In the South Carolina Lowcountry, a young mother named Katherine Ann is struggling to help her tempestuous father by plunging into a world of secrets he never talks about. A fry cook named Lisa is trying desperately to reach her grieving Vietnamese mother who has never fully adjusted to life in the States. And somewhere far away, a lost soul named Ernest is drifting, treading water, searching for what he lost on a long-ago mountain.
They're all yearning for connection. For the war that touched them to finally end. For their hundred years of happiness at long last to begin.
From the beloved author of "The Spirit of Sweetgrass" and "Trouble the Water" comes this generous story of family, war, loss, and longing . . . of the ways we hide from those we love, and the ways that love finds us anyway.
From Publishers Weekly Seitz (The Spirit of Sweetgrass) focuses on two families irrevocably changed by the Vietnam War in her latest Lowcountry saga. All Lisa Le knows of her father is that he was an American soldier who died in Vietnam, before Lisa's Vietnamese mother and uncle moved to America, and that her mother continues to mourn him in their Georgetown, S.C., home. John Porter, of Charleston, is a veteran haunted by his past. His daughter, happily married Katherine, hopes to help by taking him to a veterans' event, but instead sets in motion a chain of events that will bring the two families crashing together. Seitz deftly shifts perspective among Lisa, Katherine, John and a koi fish in Vietnam who was once an American soldier named Ernest, giving her familiar themesposttraumatic stress disorder, adjusting to civilian life, survivor's guilt, smalltown Southern living, aging, the quest to belongsensitive and original treatment. For anyone touched by war, this tale of life after wartime should resonate strongly. (Mar.)Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Citations And Professional Reviews A Hundred Years of Happiness by Nicole Seitz has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Romantic Times - 03/01/2009 page 74
Publishers Weekly - 12/15/2008 page 34
Booklist - 02/15/2009 page 30
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.44" Width: 5.48" Height: 0.81" Weight: 0.62 lbs.
Release Date Mar 3, 2009
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 1595545026 ISBN13 9781595545022 UPC 020049134368
Availability 0 units.
More About Nicole Seitz
Nicole Seitz is a South Carolina Lowcountry native and a freelance writer/illustrator published in South Carolina Magazine, Charleston Magazine, House Calls, The Island Packet, and the Bluffton Packet. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Journalism, she also has a bachelors degree in illustration from Savannah College of Art & Design. Nicole is an exhibiting artist in the Charleston, South Carolina area where she owns a web design firm and live with her husband and two small children.
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Very interesting Read Apr 3, 2010
This book captured my attention from the beginning to the end. It was about a Vietnam War veteran John Porter, who had a hard time dealing with what happened at the war. The story also centered around his wife and his daughter, both of whom tried very hard to try to help John and to reconnect with him. The story also deals with a Vietnamese immigrant Lisa Le and her mother. Their lives were also touched by the war and were intertwined with the Porters. Their stories were interesting by themselves, but I thought the most fascinating part of the story is about John Porter's war buddy, Ernest, who turned into a fish and were trapped in a fish pond during the war. At the end of the book, we found out what really happened to him, and how he was connected to all the other characters. A Hundred Years of Happiness is very well-written and clever book. You won't regret picking this book up!
Thought provoking Aug 30, 2009
I enjoyed how the characters' lives -- which seemed so disjointed at the outset -- became interwoven as the story progressed. The book touches on themes of compassion, forgiveness, self-acceptance, friendship, and family, and the reader gains insight about characters' Christian beliefs that are solid but never pretentious. I love a book that can surprise me, and this one did! I highly recommend it.
As Reviewed on CBN.com Jul 24, 2009
"A Hundred Years of Happiness" is a treasure...a truly lovely book! Rich characters, down to earth dialogue, and a meaningful storyline make it the perfect summer read.
Nicole Seitz has a way with sentences... they flow, they meander, and they artfully weave characters, thoughts, and ideas in the most wonderful manner. By the last chapter I was doing things like sucking in my breath, and saying "Oooo!" It's not that A Hundred Years of Happiness has a surprise ending, but more that it has a deeply satisfying, tender, touching, and poignant ending. It's a beautiful book that will stay with you long after you've turned the last page.
Readers Will Laugh and Cry Right Along with these Fictional Characters Jun 10, 2009
A young mother of two small boys finds herself fitting in marvelously with a group of older women who dub themselves the Water Lilies, a synchronized swim team that meets in her parents' pool. Katherine Ann, better known as Katie-bug to her nearest and dearest, is sort of surprised that since she retired from being a malpractice lawyer to raise her two young sons, she so easily meshes with these elderly women (one of whom is her perfectionist and beautiful mother, Betty-Jo Porter).
Workouts take place in the mornings in preparation for a show that will display all the graceful moves this small group of genteel southern ladies can offer. Katie-bug, though appreciative of the womanly interactions she's on the receiving end of, still feels out of sorts. Her dad, a Vietnam veteran, has never been "easy" to get close to, and Katie-bug wonders just what sort of secrets he holds close to his chest that keeps him drinking so much and so emotionally distant. When the opportunity arises, Katie-bug invites him to a pricey ceremonial evening where veterans are honored and can meet/greet one another. Little does Katie realize what internal awakenings this will stir in him and how drastically all their lives will change.
Nearby, another young adult woman, Lisa --- daughter to Doan Vien, a Vietnamese immigrant --- is wrestling with her own life questions. She silently wonders about her past, the father she never knew, questions about her mother's romance, and why she feels so untethered. When she accidentally breaks the only photo of her father and reads his name, she suddenly has a mission. She must locate and meet this man, and she does. But the occasion is definitely not what Lisa envisions. Instead of happy reunions and loving words, she feels more rejected than ever.
Interestingly, both Katie-bug and Lisa have the inner grit to keep pressing past their worries and fears and get to the truth of the matter. Between the two of them, there is a mutual bond that was formed years earlier in Vietnam. Seemingly all the women involved will find a way to forge out the truth. Through a small measure of manipulation and subterfuge, they rally their forces, and the annual Water Lily presentation takes a wildly different turn than ever before. Courage and fear, truth and lies, present and past, all meet one another face to face. Not a single participant can dodge the memories or their affects (nor would they choose to). Real healing is possible only when the ghosts that have lingered so long have been banished.
Author Nicole Seitz offers her fans a lovely story, welcoming and charming from beginning to end. Readers will laugh and cry right along with these fictional characters, recognizing from one heart to the next that we're all the same underneath.
--- Reviewed by Michele Howe
Great Book Jun 6, 2009
I have read all three of Nicole Seitz's novels. A Hundred Years of Happiness was yet another wonderful offering. The story is gripping, as John struggles with his demons and "Katie-bug" tries to find herself. I completely identified with Kate. This is a story of love and redemption. I highly recommend it to everyone!