Joy Passanante - Through a Long Absence

Based on his emotional, honest, and occasionally humorous letters to his wife during World War II, Joy Passanante's Through a Long Absence: Words from My Father's Wars tells the story of one man coming of age as a young surgeon performing operations in tents under fire, struggling in St. Louis as a child bootlegger and the son of Sicilian immigrants, and taking up a passionate love affair with his Jewish wife.