Reviewed by: BigAl
Genre: Historical Fiction/Drama
Approximate word count: 40-45,000 words
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“Jeffrey Miller has spent over two decades flitting around Asia as a university lecturer and writer, including a six-year stint as a feature writer for The Korea Times, South Korea's oldest English-language newspaper. Originally from LaSalle, Illinois, he relocated to South Korea in 1990, where he nurtured a love for spicy Korean food, Buddhist temples, and East Asian History.”
Miller has three other books available: War Remains, a Korean War tale, and two non-fiction books, Waking Up in the Land of the Morning Calm and Invaders from Mars and Other Tales of Youthful Angst.
For more, visit Miller’s website.
“Amid the turbulent and tragic year of America in 1968, the lives of five people in a small Midwestern town, who are caught up in their own personal turmoil, become inextricably interwoven forever by the events which transpire one spring day.”
Ice Cream Headache is a book that is hard for me to nail down with the terms I normally use. Historical Drama (stolen from the author’s genre choices in one ebook store) is as close as I’m going to come. It is historical only in that the setting is in the late 60s in small-town Mid-America. Drama, because each of the main characters have problems in their past or present that come to a head in a dramatic fashion during the day the story takes place. Think of it as a slice-of-life from the heartland with infidelity, regret, avarice, friendship, and what it means to go to war all in the mix. Whatever it is, I liked it.
A small amount of adult language.
No significant issues.
Rating: **** Four stars