Letters From WWII in which the four sons of D C and Stella Parrish write back to their Kentucky homeland in Bourbon and Fayette Counties
by Tom Parrish
Random letters found nearly two decades ago, written half a century prior to that, reveal a unique glimpse into a specific time, 1943 to 1946, and place, Central Kentucky and the various locations four men from one family have been sent to fight a world war. Everyday life contends with the sacrifices these men have been asked to make. This is not one story, but many, love stories, comedies, tragedies, awful, brave, funny, sad, and sweet.
Tom Parrish is an author, photographer, playwright, and filmmaker. His short film, A Still Life, won the Avery Crounse Award at the River’s Edge Film Festival in 2007, Paducah, KY. That same year he received a grant from the Peter S. Reed Foundation, New York. A Still Life played in 10 other film festivals in 2007 and 2008. He published a pictorial memoir, Changeling, in 2012. Several of his other short memoirs were included in A Second Breath, Writing through the Heart of AIDS, edited by Paul G. Krol and Joan Logghe, 1998. Two of his one-act plays were produced as part of Love Creek Productions One-Act Festivals, New York, Seen It All in 1992 and AIDS-Related in 1994. An early film, Mistress Moon, was produced by The New Video Workshop of WGBH, Boston in 1974. He studied with Walker Evans and John T. Hill at Yale University. You can visit his blog at tomdparrish.tumblr.com.