Like many graduate students in that part of the world, Emily had made commitments to her Uncle to finance work on her degree. In September of 1990, Uncle sent a letter calling in the chit.
The Gulf War and its media frenzy serves as the backdrop for this Dickensian tale of campus politics, seduction, burglary, dissent, unsafe driving, and war.
Robert Coover described the story (or stories) thus: Jude Bush, an aggressive undergraduate student with something of a crazy past is ferociously seducing a reluctant graduate student named ... Victor Gardner. It is the winter of 1991, and Victor, we have learned, has just received a 'Dear John' letter from the woman he loves ... Emily Runbird, who is now serving with the American forces in the Gulf War. Emily has made it clear ... in a letter from the front that her true love is Victor's middle-aging and possibly deranged thesis advisor, Boris Urquhart.
Victory Garden was created using Storyspace, and published by Eastgate.
A sampler: http://www.eastgate.com/VG/VGStart.html