This novel examines two features of modern-day life — military and civilian. Carl Norberg is an artist who serves in the American army at the start of a war in Asia that doesn’t go well. Readers also will enter the arts community in a large northeastern city where Carl decides to start his civilian career. Can a man who isn’t at home anywhere he goes use his talents to build a satisfying and fruitful life? Can he have a positive impact on the lives of people who come his way and who see his work? Does he find a woman to love?
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I wrote the early drafts of the military chapters of “The Hills of the Tigers” shortly after I received my discharge from the American army in 1968. This story is not autobiographical. Instead, I wanted to add a comment, based on what I’d learned, to the discussion about a great national trauma, The civilian chapters came about years later as I thought about a hint an editor gave me — that she liked the story but the ending seemed inconclusive. It’s not inconclusive now.