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Home Front by Kristin Hannah
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Mar 22, 2012

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In this powerful, reflective, and realistic novel, Hannah examines what it means to go to war when a soldier is a wife and mother. Orphaned after a troubled childhood, Jolene joined the army to find the family she never experienced. In the army she finds not only a family but a fantastic friend, Tami, who lives right next door and they serve together in the National Guard as helicopter pilots. She meets Michael Zarkades, a defense attorney they have two daughters and at the opening of the story live in a beautiful home outside Seattle. After Michael tells Jolene that he doesn’t love her anymore she is called up to serve in the war in Iraq. Jolene must not only face leaving her daughters for a year, face hazardous duty in Iraq but also suffer the heartbreak and hurt of her husband’s loss of love.
What is moving about this novel is that the reader must confront what most of us tend to ignore, the pain and suffering of those that serve in the military. This is not a political story since Hannah puts family and woman’s issues at the heart of the story yet PSTD, the VA and other issues are examined. What makes her writing so wonderful is that Hannah has a gift for characterization and exposes domestic dramas with clear insight and compassion.

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