The Turtle Warrior is the story of the Lucas family, who live in a beautiful and remote part of Wisconsin inhabited by working-class European immigrants and the Ojibwe. By 1967 the Lucas farm has fallen into disrepair, thanks to the hard drinking of John Lucas, who brutalizes his wife and two sons. When the eldest, James, escapes by enlisting to fight in Vietnam, he leaves young Bill alone to protect his mother with only his own will and the spirit of his brother to guide him. Beautifully written and deeply felt, The Turtle Warrior takes readers from the heartland of America to the battlefields of World War II and Vietnam weaving a haunting tale of an unforgettable world where the physical and spiritual, the past and the present, merge.
This powerful novel will affect you deeply and linger long. —Sue Monk Kidd, author of The Secret Life of Bees
Ellis has produced a passionate, heartfelt book that heralds what I hope will be a long career as a writer. —Chicago Tribune
Strong, bold... Astonishing and eloquent. —Pat Conroy