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Homefront
by Kristen Hannah

PBR Review Home Front by Kristen Hannah is a compelling read. The protagonist is Jolene, a female fighter pilot in the National Guard. Jolene is sent to war, leaving behind her husband and two young daughters. At the time of her deployment she and her husband, Michael are facing a very difficult time in their marriage. She leaves for war uncertain of her future with Michael and carrying guilt for leaving her children behind. Hannah writes a beautiful story; drawing the reader in and revealing the profound effects the deployment has on the entire family. She poignantly shows scarifies a solider and their family makes while serving their country. As a reader, I easily related to the struggles Jolene encountered being away from her children at a precarious time in their young lives. I found the details of living a military life very interesting and informative. Hannah touches upon post-traumatic stress disorder and how difficult it is for the soldiers to acclimate back into civilian life. After finishing this book, I have a newfound respect for our military families who serve. This would make an excellent book club choice.Back.
Talking Points: The universal struggles of marriage, parenting, and a difficult childhood will provide an excellent platform for discussion. They are all very relatable topics, especially for women. The intimate portrayal of a family dealing with the deployment of a parent is equally discussion worthy.
PBR Reader Comments:
I found this book to be a very emotional and relatable read. I like that it was told from the perspective of a female solider going off to war.
by-Andrea - PBR 2012/05/28, 08:27 PM

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