The War With Grandpa is a novel about family life in the 1950s. It was written by George Peppard and was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
It's a tale about a family whose patriarch, Grandpa Jack, goes in with the family, but he leaves his best friend, Peter. Peter decides to take advantage of his newfound freedom and becomes involved in drugs. Grandpa doesn't quite give up on him, however, and begins to plot a series of increasingly devious schemes to drive him away from his home.
However, Granddad doesn't give up easy. He takes up every possible means to try and get back at Granddad, including hiring a hit man to kill Peter. But the hit man is too good a friend to kill. So, in order to protect his son, he agrees to put himself in a nursing home for the rest of his life, so that Granddad will never find out that he was behind the hit man's death.
When Granddad finally learns about what Peter's been up to, though, he's more than ready to throw Granddad into jail - so much so that Peter has to choose whether to go along with it or go back to his father. The problem is that Granddad still wants Peter dead and won't go without a fight.
I have no idea if this book will win any awards for its writing, but if you haven't read anything by George Peppard, then I highly recommend that you read it. There is an excellent story here about two families in a post-war America. It's very well researched and told, and the characters are well developed.
One big bonus points to the book, though, is that it can be read as a short novel, which is perfect for when you're waiting for something important to happen. It's so short that you can finish reading it in a day, but also contains enough material to keep you interested for quite a while. I would definitely suggest reading it!
If you haven't read anything by George Peppard, I highly recommend that you read this one. I enjoyed it and learned a lot about post-war America, and I'm sure that it'll be one of your favorite books when you're older.
One final note. I didn't like the ending of this book very much. I feel that it was a little too contrived, but I can understand that they had to set up the next book, so that readers would know what happens in the last few.
Overall, I thought that this was a decent, well-written novel about post-war America and post-apartheid South Africa. and is a great read for people who haven't read any Peppard before. If you've read anything by George Peppard, I highly recommend that you read this one as well.