On the website and blog he kept before he died in 2016, Hamner wrote that he began developing the book on the beaches of Normandy while fighting in World War II: “I was scared and young and homesick, and as I wrote in my journal I began to remember a promise my father made to my mother on the day they were married. He promised that one day he would build her a house of her own on the top of a mountain. He used to say that the sun goes down too soon for a poor man, and so he never got around to building the house.”

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