And Come to Dust by Drew Bacigalupa
Approx. 52,130 words.
Published on August 30, 2010.
Defying military regulations against fraternization with the enemy, a young American soldier has an affair with a German girl during the closing weeks of World War II. A tale of Boys at War, and of the grievous psychic wounds which force them to become Men or destroy them. The author completed this book in 1950 while a veteran with fresh memories of the war in Europe.