Going back can change the way we go forward.
Decades after her brother's death in Vietnam, an unexpected email connects the author to others still haunted by that day. Their journey together reveals that going back can change the way we go forward. The journey takes her to her childhood home, to Marine Corps reunions, and to a rice paddy in Vietnam.
The Marine Corps motto is Semper Fidelis: Always Faithful. Along the way, the author, a Unitarian Universalist minister, learns new lessons about faithfulness, the healing that can come when we seek opening instead of closure, and the sacrifices that peace-no less than war-requires.
"A profoundly wise and unflinching story. Truthtelling we need to hear."
-Andrew Todhunter, Atlantic Monthly contributor
"This book unlocked my past and helped me let go of things that bothered me for years. It has the power to heal all kinds of wounds."
-Ed Doyne, USMC Ret'd; Former CO Kilo/3/1