Be Safe I Love You

Be Safe I Love You

Book - 2014
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Named one of the 5 Best in Modern War Fiction, alongside The Yellow Birds and Billy Lynn's Long Half-Time Walk --The Sunday Telegraph (UK)

Lauren Clay has returned from a tour of duty in Iraq just in time to spend the holidays with her family. Before she enlisted, Lauren, a classically trained singer, and her brother Danny, a bright young boy obsessed with Arctic exploration, made the most of their modest circumstances, escaping into their imaginations and forming an indestructible bond. Joining the army allowed Lauren to continue to provide for her family, but it came at a great cost.

When she arrives home unexpectedly, it's clear to everyone in their rural New York town that something is wrong. But her father is so happy to have her home that he ignores her odd behavior and the repeated phone calls from an army psychologist. He wants to give Lauren time and space to acclimate to civilian life.

Things seem better when Lauren offers to take Danny on a trip to visit their mother upstate. Instead, she guides them into the glacial woods of Canada on a quest to visit the Jeanne d'Arc basin, the site of an oil field that has become her strange obsession. As they set up camp in an abandoned hunting lodge, Lauren believes she's teaching Danny survival skills for the day when she's no longer able to take care of him.

But where does she think she's going, and what happened to her in Iraq that set her on this path?

From a writer whom The New York Times Book Review says, "writes with a restraint that makes poetry of pain," Be Safe I Love You is a novel about war and homecoming, love and duty, and an impassioned look at the effects of war on women--as soldiers and caregivers, both at home and on the front lines.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2014
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781451641318
Branch Call Number: F HOF
Characteristics: 289 pages ; 24 cm

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gerimark
Jan 17, 2015

soldier ret'ns from iraq - emotional wreck but hides it for all to see. winds up taking her little brother to upstate NY and it just gets weird from there. not the greatest... but not the worst.

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uncommonreader
Jan 12, 2015

Too predictable, too American, too much like an American movie. At least, it is about working class people.

LaughingOne Aug 27, 2014

I have not served in the military and have no direct knowledge or experience of the things written about in this book. The story feels real to me. I do know teenagers who pretty much gave up their own dreams to take care of their families, of their younger siblings. This is what Lauren did. Joining up after she graduated from high school got her a good signing bonus that financially helped her brother and father. The price she paid was much more than the signing bonus was worth. This story gripped me, filling me with compassion, horror, worry and yet, yes, hope. Well worth a read, but be prepared to be upset.

beebee40 Jun 18, 2014

Disregard book cover blurbs written by authors who "support" each other.

This novel tells a veteran's story much better done by other authors.

This author has written a trite, predictable soap opera with characters that are parodies, not remotely recognizable people.

You have to wonder...

ChristchurchLib May 18, 2014

"Ever since her mother left years earlier, Lauren Clay's been responsible for her bedridden father and young brother, Danny, choosing the Army over college to support them. She has recently returned from a tour of duty in Iraq, troubled and on edge, and fearful that the Internet has too strong a hold on Danny. As she distances herself from others, she takes him on a road trip, intending to teach him survival skills and also meet up with an Army friend. Told by both Lauren, who shares her wartime experiences with Danny, and by those who love Lauren and fear the changes they see in her, this novel quickly turns ominous." Fiction A to Z May 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/96117fb3-f773-4ebe-a30e-0933ee1fb11f?postId=88caf547-9d7c-4692-932a-8cbe7ef5fe90

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