Eleven Stories Of What It Means To Love A Soldier A Girlfriend Explains Why She Knew Her Boyfriend Wouldn T Come Back From The FrontA Stranger Reminds A Veteran What Matters In LifeA Wife Struggles To Trust Her Husband With Their Baby After He Returns From DeploymentOld Friends Search For A Way To Reclaim The Dreams And Plans Of Their ChildhoodA Woman Haunted By Her Experiences Finds An Unlikely AllyOne Man S Enlistment Creates Ripple Effects For Generations As Four Sons Seek To Make Sense Of What They And Their Fathers Are Fighting ForThe Stories In This Collection Explore The Physical And Psychological Effects Of Combat, Both On Those Who Serve And Those Back Home Told From The Points Of View Of Spouses And Children As Well As The Soldiers Themselves, The Stories Tackle Eleven Different Scenarios Spanning Five American Wars Guilt And Acceptance, Despair And Hope, Selfishness And Sacrifice, And Above All, Love, Blend Together As Characters Come To Realize Maybe Their Feelings Aren T Futile After All I had to stop reading this and set the book down a couple times I had five combat deployments and was married through all of them Over the years, I ve read many accounts of soldier life that were hollow and inauthentic, sometimes insultingly so But, this collection hit home in many ways I wouldn t say it was a fun read, but it was often a powerful one It brought up a lot of emotions, but ultimately in a cathartic way I think this ED s best one yet. The Futility of Loving A Soldier is a collection of short stories Spanning decades of war, these are vignettes of the people who worry, grieve and wait for those that fight, die, and are wounded in mind and body.Anyone who has known or loved a soldier will relate to some, if not all, of these stories Significant is that these are ordinary people, thrust into life altering decisions to kill their fellow man The stories provide insight to that and .A brother of mine who served in Viet Nam, struggled with PTSD for years, and ultimately took his life These stories hit home.Highly recommended you will listen over and over. This book was a pleasant surprise I didn t expect to like this book because I m not particularly interested in war or sad topics, such as losing a loved one I got this book because I was selling copies of my book at a local event, and traded with other local authors including Martin This collection of 11 short stories is different than usual because the stories, whole and complete, are still linked together in a way that is fresh The son in one story grows up to be the father in another story, and the grandfather in another This clever device allows for deep character development without much writing Hence, Martin was able to contain several full stories within just 84 pages But what I enjoyed the most about this book was the complexity of emotions Wonderful.
E.D Martin is a writer with a knack for finding new jobs in new places Born and raised in Illinois, her past incarnations have included bookstore barista in Indiana, college student in southern France, statistician in North Carolina, economic development analyst in North Dakota, and high school teacher in Iowa She draws on her experiences to tell the stories of those around her, with a generous
- The Futility of Loving a Soldier
- E.D. Martin
- 19 June 2019 E.D. Martin