Praise for WHILE IN DARKNESS THERE IS LIGHT :
"A bittersweet coming-of-age story that wanders from Harvard Yard to the Australian outback to the jungles of Laos, While in Darkness There is Light recaptures some of what was most inspiring and some of what was most heartbreaking about America in the early 1970s. This book is both a celebration and an elegy; it filled me with an enduring sense of wonder and of loss."
-- George Howe Colt, author of The Big House
"This riveting book held me from start to finish. It's a wonderfully researched story of idealism, a portrait of an era, and a narrative of unusual force that takes us into unlikely, dark, beautiful places. Louella Bryant has done an admirable job here, summoning an era of remarkable dreams. I won't forget this book for a long time, if ever."
-- Jay Parini, author of One Matchless Time: A Biography of William Faulkner
"As much a chronicle of a lost time and generation, Louella Bryantís WHILE IN DARKNESS THERE IS LIGHT is a gripping portrait of a valiant yet troubled group of idealists, free spirits, and the scions of the American aristocracy trying to navigate a turbulent time. Told in unadorned yet compelling prose, Bryant brings the reader on a journey from the prep schools of the East Coast to a commune in Australia and the jungles of Laos, and in doing so, creates a story that trades not in nostalgia but in inspiration."
-- Robin Hemley, author of Nola: A Memoir of Faith, Art, and Madness
"A well-researched, straightforward recounting of the adventures and misadventures of a group of privileged young expatriates during the Vietnam era. The book explores how -- with idealism, a deeply engrained sense of entitlement, and, in the case of Charlie Dean, tragic results -- they tested themselves against the world."
-- Laurie Alberts, author of Lost Daughters
"Bryant succeeds admirably. While in Darkness not only relates the urgency of early adulthood, but also captures the idealism, turbulence and uncertainty of the 1970s. For readers who lived through the era, itís an echo of a time invigorating and heartbreaking. More importantly, the book manages a quiet sense of modern relevance."
-- Kathryn Flagg, Addison Independent
Louella Bryant aboard Big Mama in the Coral Sea
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