Bobbie Ann Mason grew up on a Kentucky dairy farm where there were no books but Nancy Drew and the Bobbsey Twins. On scholarship, she attended the University of Kentucky, where she received her B.A., and earned an M.A. at SUNY-Binghamton, and a Ph.D. at the University of Connecticut where she wrote her (unpublished) first novel, based on the lives of the Beatles. She married Roger B. Rawlings, a magazine editor, in 1969. Before "Shiloh and Other Stories" was published, Mason wrote for movie and television magazines, and taught college English.
"[A] work of remarkable empathy...."
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Crawling out of a downed plane just in time to escape the Nazi patrols, American bomber pilot Marshall Stone enlists the help of French resistors to make his way home to his airfield in England. Decades after the war has ended, Stone's memory beckons him in THE GIRL IN THE BLUE BERET. In his imagination, he journeys backward across the Pyrenees and through rural France to Paris, where he seeks the then-young lady who chiefly excites his curiosity. Pieced together from true experiences lived by author Bobbie Ann Mason's father-in-law, the novel challenges the deterioration of wartime bonds and celebrates the most undecorated forms of courage.
A tale inspired by a true story traces the efforts of a family man who tracks down the French Resistance members who saved his life decades earlier, a quest for healing and closure during which he falls in love with a woman who was among his rescuers.