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Home Front Hardcover – January 31, 2012
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Delilah Reflects On What Makes Home Front Great
A "best friend" to millions of women, Delilah blends 5 hours of music with listener call-ins, personal anecdotes, and interviews with top artists, touching lives and giving comfort through music. Delilah is a full-time mother sharing family stories through the airwaves. Her family is the center of her life, reflected nightly on her show. With 12 kids, she can relate to callers who juggle kids, family and work.
Kristin Hannah's written so many good books that I knew this one--her 20th book--Home Front--was going to delight me. And it did. But in ways I did not expect when I started reading the story and met Jolene, the character in this book that so many women have related to.
Jolene is a woman like so many of us, busy as a mother and a wife, with smarts and potential that might never be fully explored, if only because of the priorities in her life. Her selfless act of enrolling in our National Guard hints at that and her selflessness, and that act alone changes her life forever. And that of her family, forever.
What Jolene discovers in herself is an amazing ability to use her intellect and instincts to be a true hero in the middle of a war, and to carry the burdens of what so many of our men and women experience in wartime. My own trip to Iraq and Afghanistan to visit our troops years ago allowed me to understand for the first time how truly hard war is.
So many men and women in uniform keep the secrets and burdens of what is witnessed to themselves. It's our secrets that keep us captive. I found myself feeling Jolene's pain and stress as she returned home to family life, and thought of the number of listeners that have called me over the years hinting at the same issues of post-traumatic stress that ripple through each family.
Home Front is the kind of story that keeps you awake longer than you want to, reading in the few quiet moments of my day, negotiating with myself for just ten more pages, and then ten more.
Home Front is a story that keeps you reading longer than you tell yourself you're going to allow yourself. It's that good!
“Kristin Hannah’s Home Front, read with fine emotional nuance by Maggi-Meg Reed, is the kind of novel that grabs your heart as it draws you in…Keep the Kleenex close, and breathe through the lumps in your throat.” – Booklist
“The novel’s second half, a moving exploration of the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder on an already shaky family dynamic, is especially well read by Maggi-Meg Reed, who inhabits all the voices and characters with skill and heartfelt emotion. A timely book that is highly recommended for all audiences.” – Library Journal, Starred Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Kristen, I don't know how you do it, all I ask is keep on keeping on!!
You need to read this story of Jolene and Michael and their children, Betsy and Lulu - of Tami and Carl and their son, Seth. You need to feel the joys they felt in the ordinariness of daily life and how that daily life turned into a different kind of ordinariness on the battlefield. And you need to read the struggles of coming home.
You'll finally have a glimmering of understanding when you finish reading and I pray you, too, have tears running down your faces at the incredible courage of the men and women of our military who serve to protect us here on the home front.
This is Kristin Hannah at her most superb - I can't imagine what you went through as you researched this, Kristin, but I am oh so glad you did. Thank you for your service and helping us understand!
It hooked me from the start as good books should. Even though it is fiction, it reads like a memoir. I learned about emotions and being strong, but not too strong that you don't allow yourself to be loved and needed by those who want to be there for you. I loved the story and the characters.