The critics have been effusive in their praise for Richard Bausch's " Good Evening Mr. and Mrs. America and All the Ships at Sea."His hardover sales have also never been higher. Taking its title from Walter Winchell's famous radio salutation, " Good Evening Mr. and Mrs. America " opens in Washington, DC, in 1964, just after the Kennedy assassination, telling the story of Walter Marshall, an idealistic 19-year-old who lives with his widowed mother and studies to be a journalist like his hero, Edward R. Murrow. In this coming-of-age novel in the truest sense of the phrase, young Marshall fumbles toward manhood in a nation that is itself in the midst of cataclysmic change.
With the same elegance and precision that has distinguished his other novels, Richard Bausch has evoked a sense of time and place in a different America and brings the last 30 years of history profoundly and vividly to life.