Home Front, by Kristin Hannah (New York: St. Martin's Press, 2012)
"All marriages have a breaking point. All families have wounds. All wars have a cost…
"In her bestselling novels Kristin Hannah has plumbed the depths of
friendship, the loyalty of sisters, and the secrets mothers keep. Now,
in her most emotionally powerful story yet, she explores the intimate
landscape of a troubled marriage -- with this provocative and timely
portrait of a husband and wife, in love and at war.
"Like many couples, Michael and Jolene have to face the pressures of
everyday life — children, careers, bills, chores — even as their twelve
year marriage is falling apart. Then an unexpected deployment sends
Jolene deep into harm’s way and leaves defense attorney Michael at
home, unaccustomed to being a single parent to their two girls. As a
mother, it agonizes Jolene to leave her family, but as a soldier she
has always understood the true meaning of duty. In her letters home,
she paints a rose-colored version of her life on the front lines,
shielding her family from the truth. But war will change Jolene in
ways that none of them could have foreseen. When tragedy strikes,
Michael must face his darkest fear and fight a battle of his own -- for
everything that matters to his family.
"At once a profoundly honest look at modern marriage and a dramatic
exploration of the price of war on an ordinary American family, Home Front is a story of love, loss, heroism, honor and ultimately, hope."
"On her forty-first birthday, as on every other day, Jolene Zarkades woke before the dawn."
Chick lit that doesn't leave you feeling like you've overindulged in Haagen-Dasz when you're done. A good beach or airline read.
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- MWF, now officially 42, loves long walks on the beach and laughing with friends ... oh, wait. By day, I'm a mid-level university administrator reluctant to be more specific on a public forum. Nights and weekends, though, I'm a homebody with strong nerdist leanings. I'm never happier than when I'm chatting around the fire, playing board games, cooking up some pasta, and/or road-tripping with my family and friends. I studied psychology and then labor economics in school, and I work in higher education. From time to time I get smug, obsessive, or just plain boring about some combination of these topics, especially when inequality, parenting, or consumer culture are involved. You have been warned.