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When Johnny Came Marching Home

(2012)
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Trapped in a what appears to be an endless bloodbath--vividly presented with Heffernan's meticulous historical research--the boys gradually begin to change until their close-knit childhood ties are little more than a fractured memory. By war's end, one boy is dead, one returns a physically crippled and emotionally compromised man, and the third comes home as an unfeeling psychopath.

The novel turns on the subsequent murder of the psychopath, and the offer of redemption for the wounded young man who must investigate the crime. When Johnny Came Marching Home is a story about war and how it affects the lives of all who become a part of it, both directly and peripherally. Although set during the Civil War, this book casts shadows of what we endure today and the horrors to which young soldiers are subjected.

Genre: Historical Mystery

Praise for this book

"When Johnny Came Marching Home evokes a young soldier's reluctant relationship to violence and brutality with a chilling realism that brings the reader face-to-face with the moral complexities of even the most noble of wars. Following in the literary tradition of Ernest Hemingway, James Jones, and Larry Heinemann, William Heffernan is able to somehow find grace and beauty amidst the horror of battle." - Kaylie Jones

"Sliding back and forth in time--before, during, and after the Civil War--William Heffernan creates a powerful, intriguing, and complex novel about the intricacies of friendship and the devastating effects of war." - Jonathan Santlofer


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Hardback Editions

October 2012 : USA Hardback
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Title: When Johnny Came Marching Home
Author(s): William Heffernan
ISBN: 1-61775-127-8 / 978-1-61775-127-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Akashic Books
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Paperback Editions

October 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: When Johnny Came Marching Home
Author(s): William Heffernan
ISBN: 1-61775-135-9 / 978-1-61775-135-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Akashic Books
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Audio Editions

October 2012 : USA Audio CD
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Title: When Johnny Came Marching Home
Author(s): William Heffernan
ISBN: 1-62406-030-7 / 978-1-62406-030-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
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October 2012 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: When Johnny Came Marching Home
Author(s): William Heffernan
ISBN: 1-62406-034-X / 978-1-62406-034-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
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September 2012 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: When Johnny Came Marching Home
Author(s): William Heffernan
Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC
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Kindle Editions

October 2012 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: When Johnny Came Marching Home: A Novel
Author(s): William Heffernan
Publisher: Akashic Books
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