Island author Kathy Flynn will read from her new book, “Letters From the Pacific: A World War II Romance,” at 6 p.m. Saturday at Vashon Bookshop. The book tells the story of Flynn’s parents and their wartime experiences.
Like many families, the elder Flynns kept boxes of memorabilia and correspondence that lay dormant for decades, getting shuffled around during moves throughout the years. Years after her parents died, Kathy Flynn began to sort the letters. What unfolded was a love story between her parents set in the backdrop of 1940s Hollywood and wartime in the South Pacific. Jane and Chuck Flynn, actors by profession, had been married for five years when they gave up their life in Hollywood to join the service.
Chuck joined the Navy and saw action in the Pacific, where his ship was hit. Jane joined the USO and was sent on a tour of the Pacific. Their wartime letters to each other convey the charm and intimacy of Jane and Chuck’s relationship during the difficult days of World War II. After the war, Jane and Chuck moved with their young family to Vashon, where they lived the rest of their lives.
History has always interested Kathy Flynn — especially the interplay between large scale events and individual lives. She encourages everyone to take out the old family letters and see what stories they have to tell.
The book is published by BearManor Media, a publishing house specializing in entertainment biographies and books with nostalgic themes. The book is for sale at Vashon Bookshop and also available on Amazon Kindle.