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. Her dream of their happy future together is threatened when he draws a low number in the Vietnam War draft lottery. 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. Confident that the situation will play out as he hopes, does Coyle 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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