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Inhaltsangabe: Homefront explores the uncomfortable truths of a deployment: jealousy, selfishness, joy, anger, and abject fear. Through the interactions between the book's true-to-life characters (Mia, the professor-turned- cabdriver whose boyfriend deploys to Iraq; Jake, the boyfriend; Olivia, Jake's mother; Denise, a disgruntled soldier's wife and friend to Mia; Donny Donaldson, an alcoholic, maybe-Vietnam veteran and Mia's cab fare), Homefront reveals the unexpected beauty to be found hiding in the torture of waiting as each character responds to the war in his or her own unique, and painfully intimate, way.
Inhaltsangabe: If there's a war on (and, these days, there's usually a war on), I want to be reading about it. I appreciate first person accounts, either fictionalized or not, and Kristen Tsetsi's Homefront, an emotional novel about a young married couple's separation when husband Jake is shipped to Iraq, is a worthy new entry in this category.
What I like about this book is the narrator's stark voice, fervently moody and explosive as she hunts for news of her faraway husband and interacts crankily with others in the military-base community that is her home. Tsetsi knows how to write gripping paragraphs:
Janis Joplin says there is no tomorrow, that staying up all night means today never ends, so while Jake sleeps, I sit at the kitchen table and listen to the helicopters flying the pattern. Listen to the artillery exploding at the weapons range on post, five, six miles away. I open the window, smell the snow, listen to the cars on the main road, trucks wheezing up the hill, bass rattling in the window-tinted Lincoln that rolls down our street every night at eleven sharp.
Some minor complaints: I wish Tsetsi put more effort into describing the external features of her environment as well as she describes the human interactions. Also, the book's packaging is undistinguished, particularly a greeting-card-like cover photograph that doesn't really capture the depth of the words within.
Buchbeschreibung Penxhere Press. Paperback. Buchzustand: Fair. Buchnummer des Verkäufers G0615139906I5N00
Buchbeschreibung Penxhere Press. Paperback. Buchzustand: Good. Book shows minor use. Cover and Binding have minimal wear, and the pages have only minimal creases. Buchnummer des Verkäufers G0615139906I3N00
Buchbeschreibung Penxhere Press, 2007. Paperback. Buchzustand: New. Buchnummer des Verkäufers DADAX0615139906