ABOUT Karen Charbonneau

Karen Charbonneau
Reared on a ranch in Idaho. Obtained a J.D. in 1978. Practiced law as an army JAG in the Washington, D.C. area. Lived in Wyoming and am now back on that ranch in Idaho. Who says you can't go home again.



On sale now @ $ .99.  A family saga, spanning the years from World War II through the Vietnam War and after, recounting the unseen wounds war inflicts on two generations of a family. With a raw authenticity stripped of self-pity and a poet's eye for lyrical detail, Betty recounts her wartime romance with Army Air Corps Sergeant Mitch Lanier, raised in a Catholic orphanage, and a combat veteran; their rocky marriage; the births of a son and daughter and Mitch’s gradual spiral from a man who could build or fix anything into a schizophrenic, obsessed with the Virgin Mary and extra-terrestrial flight. They raise their family in rural Idaho and Betty relies on her inner life – her love of the land – to give her the courage to fulfill her marriage vows and to protect her family. From her life of subservience to that of the family’s bread-winner, temptation, fear and love give a razor’s edge to a sometime funny, often difficult life. It is also the story of the conflicting relationship between mother and daughter Torie, and Betty’s pride and fears for son, Michael, who becomes a combat infantry lieutenant in Vietnam. The author drew on her observations of her father’s mental illness to give this novel authenticity.