Faces in the Clouds
by Matt Nable
Viking, $29.95 pb, 398 pp, 9780670073443
Faces in the Clouds begins with a drunken soldier arriving at a hospital in which his second son is fighting for breath. The struggle of the soldier’s twin sons, Stephen and Lawrence, continues throughout the novel, from their vividly described early years in an army barracks to their lives as young adults.