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Plenty of Time When We Get Home: Love and Recovery in the Aftermath of War Hardcover – February 10, 2014
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Ruthlessly raw and objective.
Kayla Williams s intimate and honest portrayal of marriage after the tragedy of war is a must-read for military spouses, caregivers, and anyone hoping to gain an understanding of the challenges faced by soldiers coming home. Kayla and Brian s perseveranceis a tribute to the power of the human spirit to not only survive but to thrive. --Marie Tillman, author of The Letter: My Journey Through Love, Loss & Lifeand founder of the Pat Tillman Foundation"
If you think you know the meaning of the word sacrifice, when you read Kayla Williams s masterful memoir Plenty of Time When We Get Home you will come away with a whole new appreciation for the incredible people who serve our country. Part heartache, hard truth, love story, and an insider s look at the back end of war, this book offers us a look behind the uniforms and the parades and into the damage of war s wounds. In the end, it is a story about how love can ultimately heal. --Lee Woodruff, author of In an Instant and Those We Love Most"
In her second book, Plenty of Time When We Get Home, Kayla Williams s raw, honest, and take-no-prisoners prose gives service members and families scarred by war the greatest gift of all hope. --Tanya Biank, author of Lifetime TV s Army Wives and Undaunted: The Real Story of America s Servicewomen in Today s Military"
Ruthlessly raw and objective. "
A reminder that the best books impart a sense of shared experience, and to read them is to participate in humanity. --Gregg LaGambina, author of The A.V. Club"
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Williams explains the various methods of recovery she and her husband tried as they transitioned out of the military and deployments. All in all, Williams ends up eventually supporting the claim (such as the 2013 Times cover story "Can service save us?") that when one dedicates one's self to issues bigger than one's own personal issues, one feels a sense of importance, purpose, selflessness, and camaraderie that can be actually heal in ways other popular antidotes cannot.
During the course of her deployment in Iraq, Williams met, and shared a mutual attraction with, Sergeant Brian McGough. The first pages of the book recreate in graphic detail the ambush McGough was caught up in after returning from a leave he didn't want to a war he didn't believe in. The ambush left McGough critically wounded with traumatic brain injuries. A decorated veteran, his combat tour was abruptly over. Williams reconnected with him when she returned to the U.S., but his offhand remark while they were both in Iraq - that they could put off consummating their relationship because there was "plenty of time when we get home" - would prove almost fatally optimistic.
Williams leads us deeper into her nightmare of being married to a man who cannot adjust to civilian life - not just because of the shock of transition that all veterans face, or the PTSD that so many experience, but because of the lack of attention paid by an unfeeling and unresponsive system to the needs of a physically and mentally impaired individual who desperately needed intensive assistance. Instead of being welcomed home as a hero, a brave soldier and loyal patriot was essentially left to his own devices or, worse, channeled into irrelevant or even counter-productive treatments.Read more ›
In this deeper account, Williams has earned at least some of that perspective. She can now relate her story with a decade of fairly hard-won experiences, of marriage, motherhood, dealing with her own post-war trauma, and the lingering effects of her husband's brain injury (suffered in Iraq), which is the focal point of most of the book.
As the Iraq War fades from memory, its easy to focus on "heroic" narratives like "Lone Survivor" (which took place in Afghanistan). Conventional combat stories are often easy to read, with clearly defined beginning, middle and ends - familiar characters and standard plot lines. That's not how real life works - the "plenty of time" that Kayla's title describes if full of problems, ups and downs, and constant challenges.
Williams herself isn't the most pleasant narrator, and can be full of herself and self-pitying in the same sentences. She oversimplifies and generalizes. She uses ad hominem attacks against the civilians who she feels don't appreciate the effort of veterans. Her writing style is harsh and blunt, and this is not the kind of memoir that's been crafted sentence-by-sentence in a college workshop class. But, that's an honest portrayal of most veterans - especially the female veterans who she correctly points out often don't get the same credit or attention that male soldiers do.Read more ›
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A good book and interesting read about a couple coping with PTSD.Published 9 months ago by Steve Pfaff
I can really relate to Williams' feelings of isolation as a female Soldier, and some of her marital issues. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Britt
First rate book describing the evils of war beyond the actual enemy. I've not read a book so riveting in a long while. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Paul Roche
Brian and Kayla met as soldiers. Then Brian was evacuated after suffering a traumatic brain injury from an IED. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Dr. Bell
Kayla's a great writer. She is the real deal and tells it like it is for today's veterans. Refreshing hearing from a woman Veteran's poor of view.Published 19 months ago by Sharon A. Robino-west
I will start off by saying - this is a personal story and written by someone much younger than I. But I have a complete discordance with how the book was written. Read morePublished 20 months ago by L. Ward