Spare Parts: A Rollicking Ride through the Late 60s and 70s


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Lacey Pierce, recently returned from the Peace Corps in Africa, falls in love with a young lawyer and peace activist, Doug Pierce. Doug has been sentenced to prison for resisting the local draft during the Vietnam War. While waiting for the appeal on the case, Doug and Lacey start a lively commune. Doug wins his appeal and is assigned as civilian counsel for dissident GIs in the American military in Japan. In Japan, differences erode the couple’s relationship. Returning to the States in New York City, the couple enters therapy, but the marriage fails. Alone, Lacey goes home to Boston for a friend’s wedding. She visits her father’s grave and realizes that her male adventures have been false starts in search of him.

Diana B. Roberts, known as Dina, has been a fundraising professional for more than three decades.

She has held positions of responsibility in a number of prominent Boston non-profit institutions, including The YMCA of Greater Boston, the Boston Medical Center, and Milton Academy, of which she is a graduate, and currently the Gore Place Society in Waltham.

Earlier in her career, she served in a variety of positions: speech writer in the Federal Government in Washington, D.C.; editor of the major English Japanese newspaper in Tokyo; and Peace Corps Volunteer in North Africa.


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