If a writer can produce a roman a clef of his own life, that is what this is. It is not a memoir; it allows imaginative deviations and exaggerations. The style is understated irony, life's tragic absurdities told in a matter-of-fact or even playful voice. The times are just before, during, and just after World War II. The settings are England, Germany, and America. The personnel are unforgettable—soldiers, sweethearts, parents, nuns in a child-holding facility, children, old friends and new, even Mr. Rigor Mortis in the flesh.