The Soldier's WifeBook - 2012
The "brilliant, mesmerizing storyteller" (The Washington Post) Joanna Trollope illuminates an experience shared by millions of people - a soldier's return to family life - that causes three generations to struggle with the impact of war on their relationships.
Dan Riley is a major in the British Army. After a six-month tour of duty in Afghanistan, he is coming home to the wife and young daughters he adores. The outside world sees such reunions as a taste of heaven after months of hell. But are they? Can a man trained to fight readjust to family and domestic life? And how will the family cope if he can't? How much, indeed, can Alexa, Dan's wife, sacrifice her own needs to serve his commitment to a way of life that demands everything not just of him, but of her and the children as well?
This novel takes a keen look at the lives of modern military families. What happens, these days, when love and a vocation collide head on? With her trademark intelligence, empathy and clear-eyed insight, Joanna Trollope shows us a family striving to balance duty and ambition with intimacy and understanding.
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You long for home, don’t you? You fight for it. But what you forget when you’re away is that ordinary life won’t kill you, except by accident, so of course everything looks pretty small here by comparison. And pretty dull.
He’s back, but he’s not back, not in any sense that’s any use to me or his family. And if one more person tells me just to give him time, or that I knew what I was taking on, or that I’m so lucky to have the security, I will just . . . just _kill_ them.
You can’t treat the men as if they didn’t have families. You can’t pour all this thought and all these resources into the soldiers if you don’t deal with their human landscapes too.
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