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The Things We Do to Make It Home

2.88 of 5 stars 2.88  ·  rating details  ·  24 ratings  ·  6 reviews
An emotionally charged story of passionate love, unfulfilled desire, and an American dream gone totally awry, Beverly Gologorsky's poignant, unadorned novel lays bare the destructive impact of the Vietnam War on the wives, lovers, and children of veterans. This haunting story of devotion and loss will speak to anyone who has suffered the effects of an unwinnable war.
Paperback, 226 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Seven Stories Press (first published January 19th 1999)
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1973: Five Vietnam vets return home with the war forever locked in their heads and hearts.
1993 and after: Their story is told through the women in their lives, or the women no longer in their lives.

From the blurb: "In this poignant and unforgettable novel, the fierce repercussions of the Vietnam War are captured from an altogether original and touching angle. This story belongs to the women: the lovers, wives and daughters who saw their men returned safely to them - but as unfamiliar, haunted
Craig Werner
There are parts of this novel I like a lot and parts that really irritate me. At times, Gologorsky is spot on with her pictures of the way that Vietnam vets bond and simultaneously distance from the world around them; at times, it's pure stereotype, and it irritates the hell out of me that she doesn't include any vets who really manage to make it back to the world in one piece. I come to this as an insider-outsider, which I imagine is pretty much Gologorsky's position, so there are parts of the ...more
I was excited to read this book because of the subject matter, but it didn't pan out how I wanted it to. Too many characters to keep up with, and no chance to become emotionally invested in any of them; not very well-written. Disappointing.
Christopher Tirri
The character development was atrocious, in that it barely existed. It was hard to keep everyone straight in terms of who was related to whom. The individual stories are plodding and uninspiring.
A wrenching novel on the wages of war and the damage done by wrecked men to the women and children who want to love them.
Great book, very well written. Another sad war book...
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