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Home and Away: A Story of Family in a Time of War

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Publisher: Center Street
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A Fascinating Read Which Will Stir Your Thoughts about Family

  • Aug 24, 2011
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Millions of families in the United States are separated from each other through military service in the wars. David and Nancy French write their own story in HOME AND AWAY. This pointed autobiography/ memoir will capture your heart and keep you turning the pages to see how they pulled their family together even when apart.

The back and forth style is engaging. David writes a chapter from his perspective of serving in Iraq and then Nancy writes about her life as a military spouse keeping the family going at home. As a reader, I was engaged from the opening chapter and it kept my attention to the end. Here’s a small sample of the writing, "The first and last question everyone asked when they saw us--at church, parties, or Wal-Mart--was, "When does David leave?" In other words, the pull of his departure hung over us at all times, so we were intrigued when the Army gave him the option of leaving earlier.
 
"Going sooner means getting home faster," I said tentatively."

"David nodded his head, 'Yeah, Plus, I want to start counting down the days till I get home instead of the days till I leave.’

"'Right."

"What both of us knew but neither of us said was that a change of departure means a change of mission. We both sat silently in the discomfort and ambiguity of fate." (Page 24)

I found HOME AND AWAY a terrific book and highly recommend it.
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