Let Their Spirits Dance is the moving story of a family's journey across America. Thirty years after the death of the family's son and brother, Jesse, in Vietnam, the family has remained in many ways locked in a time of grief and pain. Having heard her son's voice, Alicia makes a vow to touch his name on the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., and her decision inspires her warring children, along with hundreds of strangers across the country.
Stella Pope Duarte portrays a family struggling with the universal scars suffered by all who have been touched by death through war. In this powerfully evocative novel, Pope Duarte connects family, friends, and an entire nation with the names on the Wall, honoring the men and women who served in Vietnam as well as those who watched and waited, but never forgot.
“Stella Pope Duarte’s novel is utterly alive and feels absolutely true! The characters and the story had me hooked!”
-Victor Villasenor, author of Rain of Gold and Thirteen Senses
“Intelligent, unpretentious and appealing.”
“A delightful, heartening first novel.”
-Denver Rocky Mountain News