Babylon, DD4, and the Dancing Nun

by Bob Battersby



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 6/24/2014

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 184
ISBN : 9781491733011
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 184
ISBN : 9781491733028

About the Book

For the young boys of Valley Stream, Long Island, growing up in the shadow of the horrors of December of 1941 is about finding ways to cope. The boys join in on the wartime efforts where they can, helping with scrap drives and working in the victory gardens. Just as their gardens mature, so do the boys who tend them. In baseball, they find welcome distraction from their grief amid more joyful reminders of their youthful innocence.

Delmar Darby IV—better known as “DD4” to his friends—is in love. The irresistible Alice Meacham—also known as “Alice Blue-Eyes” to her young beau—captured his heart at the start of their teens. Now, with the world threatening to tear itself apart, they do the only thing that seems sensible when nothing makes sense anymore. Their wedding is a symbol of hope and love and optimism, even if it’s hard to make promises in war.

Their story is told by their friend Bob and a would-be hermit known as HAG. Compared to the war, the desire to learn how to dance may not mean much, but to DD4 and Alice Blue-Eyes, it’s what they can do to stay sane. With the help of Maud and Sister Mary Elizabeth, a nun renowned for her spirited Irish jig, their community hopes to learn that the surest cure for tragedy abroad may be the embrace of small victories at home.

About the Author

Bob Battersby performed offshore assignments in Korea and Great Britain for the US Air Force for eight years. Originally from Long Island, he lived in Babylon and Valley Stream, New York, before moving west. He and his wife, Pat, are experienced travelers who live in a hilltop home in Mill Valley, California.