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After the Flag Has Been Folded: A Daughter Remembers the Father She Lost to War--and the Mother Who Held Her Family Together

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Karen Spears was nine years old, living with her family in a trailer in rural Tennessee, when her father, David Spears, was killed in the Ia Drang Valley in Vietnam. It was 1966 -- in a nation being torn apart by a war nobody wanted, in an emotionally charged Southern landscape stained with racism and bigotry -- and suddenly the care and well-being of three small children ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 2nd 2006 by Harper Paperbacks (first published January 2005)
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Susie Finkbeiner
I don't typically read memoir, but I picked this up as part of my research for a project. I truly appreciated the courage it took Zacharias to share this story. It's a tough one. Full of hardship. But Zacharias never once played the "poor me" card. She wrote with grace and dignity.
I came across an awful story the other day. A story of an American soldier. Tim O’Brien tells it in his book The things they carried. O’Brien has mastered the art of telling ghastly tales of the American war in Vietnam. I’m careful about when I read his stuff. I don’t read his prose while eating. I don’t read it before bedtime. I don’t read it if the kids are around. Simply because his words make my stomach convulse, my heart pound, and the fissures in my soul ooze with confusion and an
Russell Sanders
Karen Spears Zacharias’s After the Flag Has Been Folded is an engaging, folksy, sometimes harrowing memoir. Spears’s father was a Vietnam War casualty, and in this book, she explores all that means—for a family to lose a loved one to war. The experience took its toll on her sister, brother, mother, and her. Each of them suffered, trying to make sense of it all, trying to get their own lives on track. Growing up in near poverty, this family, originally from Tennessee and transplanted to Georgia, ...more
Mary K Russell
An Important Book

I wanted to read this book because I have long sensed that I had dodged a bullet. I married a soldier during the war, knowing that there was a significant chance that he would be sent to Vietnam. But those orders came twice and were cancelled. A brother in law went and returned very troubled. My sister in law struggled with that and eventually her family was broken. My family avoided the severe consequences of the Vietnam veteran or widowhood. This book made me realize just how
Stephan P
This book is part of who I am and where I come from...this is my history...filled with insights on my family and my grandfather who gave his all for his country, without this book I may still be wondering all of things about my existence.
I don't understand the title of this book. Very little was about the author's father; it was a memoir about her life after he died. And, believe me, her mama was no hero. Yes, as a widow, Mama had to work to support her children. But, when she wasn't at work or at school (getting first a GED, then LPN, then RN), she was partying and bringing home different men to their tiny trailer. No matter when Mama was, however, her kids were left unattended. Despite large families on both sides, the author ...more
Rick Colburn

Very good read b
Things the reality of the stories of soldiers spouses and children left behind after the soldiers death. And the trials and tribulations that the survivors have to face and deal with. I highly recommend this book. GOD BLESS OUR SOLDIERS and GOD BLESS the U.S.A.

SGT RICK Colburn
13 year VETERAN
Cindy Novak-delaurell
I have not read a lot of books about the war in Vietnam. This book was well worth my time and on several occasions, brought tears to my eyes. I have many friends who served in Vietnam. I will never fully understand what they went through or the feelings they harbor, but don't discuss. i truly believe this book helped narrow that gap.
Lynda Breeding

I cried for the family, and others that lost their loved ones in Vietnam. I will be forever grateful to the men and women who served in this war. Thank YOU for your service.
This book was really good. It was the story of a family who's father died in Vietnam. The 9 yr old girl is the one telling the story. The story was very moving and made you think.
I enjoy this author but this book is a memoir and most of her life was not interesting to me. I'm on page 266. I'll try to edit my review when I'm done.
Shellie Tomlinson
Seriously important book that never got the attention it deserved.
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