“Ward Just is both an’s author and an insightful tracker of human souls under guile and coercion . . . American Romantic, his eighteenth, is one of his finest.”—Gail Godwin, New York Times Book Review
Harry Sanders is a youthful Foreign Service officer in 1960s Indochina when a perilous and covert meeting with radicals finishing in calm calamity and a brief yet enthusiastic experience with Sieglinde, a youthful German lady, change the course of his life.
Engrossing the effect of his stumble, Harry returns quickly to Washington before inevitable assignments in Africa, Scandinavia, and the Mediterranean. He weds the dazzling May, who is escaping her own family dissatisfactions in exhausted upper New England and searching for a getaway into Harry’s discretionary life.