Fictional Novel Tells Story that is Based on the Sinking of USS Indianapolis During World War II

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John Loranger presents “The Odyssey of Art O’Hara”

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It is July of 1945, and the American war with Japan is nearing its earthshaking finale. Meanwhile the fighting continues, and the USS Atwood is attacked by Japanese torpedoes. Hundreds die at once while hundreds more abandon ship. Awaiting a rescue which might never come, the men in the water are left to struggle against heat and cold, thirst and despair, insanity and sharks. Among them is a sailor named Art O’Hara.

The Odyssey of Art O’Hara, by John Loranger, is a work of fiction and is based on the true story of the USS Indianapolis. It concerns the ordeal of Radioman Third Class Art O’Hara, “king of the liberty hogs” and distinguished scalawag. Imprisoned in an environment of surreal savagery, he seeks escape amid vast, unexplored regions of his own memory and imagination, recalling finally a nearly forgotten love for a Japanese American woman named Atsuko whose family has been sent to an internment camp.

With its vivid evocation of World War II, both in the Pacific and on the American home front, this is a novel that is sure to captivate everyone who opens its pages.

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About the Author
John Loranger, was born in Butte, Montana in 1961. He served in the United States Navy from 1983 to 1987.

The Odyssey of Art O’Hara * by John Loranger
Publication Date: September 29, 2012
Trade Paperback; $15.99; 180 pages; 978-1-4797-2413-0
Trade Hardback; $22.99; 180 pages; 978-1-4797-2414-7
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