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Home Front by Kristin Hannah
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Feb 21, 12

Read in February, 2012

Jolene Zarkades is a wife and mother and she's also a National Guard Blackhawk helicopter pilot. As a wife and mother, she deals with daily issues of life including an increasingly distant husband who is silently grieving both for his deceased father and for all the "what ifs" in his life, the roads not taken. And then Jolene is deployed to Iraq.

Her husband Michael has to learn how to take care of his family, something he's never had to do before. At the same time, his law practice gets caught up in the case of a returned Iraq vet who has murdered his wife under the strain of PTSD.

In Iraq Jolene faces very different circumstances and has to adjust to the immediacy of war. And then she comes back.

This is the story of going to war and, more difficult, coming back. As Jolene says, they prepare you to go to war, but no one prepares you to come home. PTSD, memories of war and of dead and injured friends, a hormonal pre-teen daughter, a husband she isn't sure she knows anymore--the book is an extremely interesting portrayal of ordinary life as it is affected by war.
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