Title: Baby Jack
Author: Frank Schaeffer
Length: 320 pages
Publisher: Da Capo Press (November 9, 2007)
My Rating 10/10
This review is hard to even begin. The story is one of a young man, Jack Ogden, born in to a life of wealth and privilege, who chooses to join the Marine Corps over college. His father disapproves of his choice, as well as his girlfriend, Jessica, and ultimately decides to disown his son. Jack is deployed, and the unthinkable happens.
Afterwards, “Baby Jack” is the narrator of the story, telling of how his father ultimately breaks down, Jack’s parents’ marriage disintegrates, and the struggle Jessica faces.
This book was definitely a hard read, not because of lack of a well written base, but for the emotion involved in the story. I found myself in tears several times. Very well worth the read.