Award-Winning Writer Weaves a Gripping Story of War

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A novel about the moral dilemmas and personal choices a professional army officer and his wife must face awaits readers in ‘Crossing Borders.’

Before the Vietnam War, there was trouble brewing in Thailand. And author Pat Rahmann gives a steaming account of what happened during this controversial war in her riveting fiction, Crossing Borders. Readers are sure to find themselves immersed not only in the scorching heat of Southeast Asia but also of the boiling war that’s about to erupt.

In 1964, when the still covert operations for the Vietnam War are well underway, Lt. Col. Buck Goodwyn is assigned to Gen. Stillwell’s staff in Bangkok, Thailand. He and his wife Lane quickly become immersed in Bangkok life, rubbing shoulders with the military’s top brass politicians, influential Thais, diplomats, Congressmen, and the Bureau Chief for the NY Times. With growing awareness and disillusionment, Buck and Lane are faced with tough choices—professional and domestic—that a dedicated officer and his ambitious but idealistic wife must ultimately make.

Crossing Borders gives readers an inside look at the anguish and moral conflicts that the couple must go through in making tough decisions that could influence policy regarding a highly controversial war.

The author believes that the crucial role of the US military played in Thailand during that conflict is underestimated and often overlooked. This book will be featured at this year’s Frankfurt International Book Fair in Frankfurt, Germany on October 6 to 10, 2010. For more information, log on to

About the Author
Pat Rahmann is a prize-winning writer of fiction, poetry, and plays. Her work has appeared in numerous literary magazines including Kansas Quarterly, The Transatlantic Review, Story Quarterly, Other Voices, The NY Times, Spoon River Review, Confrontation, Crosscurrents, and others. Her plays have had Equity productions in Chicago and New York and published by Bakers/Samuel French. Her various awards include a grant from the Illinois Arts Council with the NEA, an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award for 2001, First Prize in a one-act play contest aired on ABC TV, Role of Honor in Foley’s Best American Short Stories, and poetry read on NPR’s All Things Considered. She was nominated for an Emmy for one of her scripts for the Joseph Jefferson Awards Show and her work has been anthologized in Editors’ Choice II, Soundings, and Chicago Writers II with a forward by Mayor Daley. She was co-owner of the successful independent bookstore, Books on Vernon, in Glencoe, IL. She and her husband, John, were instrumental in launching the highly acclaimed Writers’ Theatre now in its fourteenth sell-out season.

Crossing Borders * by Pat Rahmann
Publication Date: October 26, 2006
Trade Paperback; $18.69; 247 pages; 978-1-4257-2854-0
Trade Hardback; $28.79; 247 pages; 978-1-4257-2855-7

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