Home Front Author:Patti Davis and Maureen Strange Foster Patti Davis, the actress daughter of Ronald and Nancy Reagan, has written a surprising, moving, and candidly autobiographical novel about growing up in the public eye during the other Vietnam War - the war at home. — The heroine of Home Front, Beth Canfield, is a typically American young woman who wants to love her parents, learn to love a man, a... more »nd build a life for herself in peace and privacy - without political interference. But politics was her father's life. At dinnertime when Beth was a little girl and her father would ask her opinion of something political, she would avoid the issue by dramatically falling off her chair.
But once Robert Canfield is elected governor of California, there's no more falling off her chair for Beth. As she comes of age amid the tumult of the Vietnam era, politics begins to divide her from her genial but ideological father, and from her mother, Harriet Canfield, a strong-willed woman fiercely loyal to her husband's dream: the presidency. Beth becomes not only an estranged daughter, but a political liability.
Beth also finds herself falling in love with her friend Greg, who joins the Marines gung-ho for combat in Vietnam. He brings the growing conflict over the war directly into Beth's bedroom. Soon, the pressure on Beth becomes almost intolerable - pressure that could ruin her future, her love for Greg, and her father's run for the presidency.
When Greg returns wartorn from Vietnam, Beth must confront the choices of a lifetime: between her famous parents and her fragile selfhood, and between who she is and who she needs to be.« less