Silhouettes of a young man and young woman with outstretched arms reaching for each other during Vietnam War, unable to touch.

Megan Danahy loves Dennis Kipphut.

Her father wants to be rid of him.

Meghan Danahy never does anything halfway. When she falls in love with Dennis Kipphut, she falls hard.  When he draws a low number in the Vietnam War draft lottery, her dream of their future together is threatened. He is sure to be drafted as soon as he graduates.

Meghan knows that her father’s connections can keep Dennis safely at home. But Coyle Danahy wants his only surviving child to marry the son of a banker or lawyer, not the son of a night watchman. Seeing Dennis sent off to Vietnam seems like a perfect solution to end the relationship.

Meghan’s passion for Dennis and her desire to help him collides with her father’s absolute resistance. The Danahys’ house becomes a battleground as graduation draws closer.

Coyle is confident that the situation will play out as he hopes. Does he underestimate how far Meghan will go to save the man she loves?

War on Giffort Street is a novella about love: love between parents and their only surviving child; love between a young man and a young woman; and love of country. Although the Danahys are a fictional family, there were thousands of families like them during the turbulent Vietnam era. No matter whose side you are on, what happened to the Danahys will move you.

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What Readers Are Saying

Entertaining and worth the read.”
Military and Veteran’s Fiction Review Blog

“Schwartz has created a great read that details how wars affect people over the long-term, while covering the honorable thought process that patriotic Americans experience while defending their country… This is one of the best historical treatments of the Vietnam War era I have read to date.”

The Kindle Book Review
“This story takes an interesting perspective, that of a young man who is dodging the draft…It grabs the reader’s attention and lures their intellect very early on. Their strong-minded drive for what they believe in is appealing, as is the love story that grows amidst the drama and chaos.”
InD'Tale Magazine April, 2014

“”War on Giffort Street” is an incredibly riveting portrayal of the devastating effects the Vietnam war had on the young men of draft age and those closest to them.”

Nancy Faulkner