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February 19, 2013

The Friday Morning Bookclub Gives Home Front 3.66 Omelets

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Goodreads readers gave Home Front 4.11 stars

Amazon readers gave Home Front 4.4 stars

Jolene and Michael are going through a bad patch in their marriage. To make matters even worse, Jolene receives a letter that she is being deployed. Michael, an attorney who does not support the war in the first place is left home with their two children. Home Front is the story of one military family and how they cope when one of their family members goes off to war. It was a real eye opened for me and a thought-provoking book. A few of the words used to describe it……emotional, timely and gripping.

February 13, 2013

Home Front: A Review By Nancy

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The books’ main character is Jolene Zarkades.  She is an only child of parents with alcohol and marital issues who die in an alcohol-fueled car accident leaving Jolene to fend for herself at the age of 17.  Jolene joins the Army, becomes a helicopter pilot, and meets Tami who will become her best friend for life.  The novel begins in the twelfth year of Jolene’ marriage as Jolene is turning 41. Jolene has married Michael, a defense attorney, whom she met right after her parents death and then reconnected with after returning from the Army.  They have 2 daughters, Betsy and Lulu.  The marriage is in a rough spot with Michael spending all his time at work. Jolene is in the Army National Guards, something she is very proud of, takes her commitment seriously, and shares this passion with Tami who is also a helicopter pilot in the same unit and is living next door with her husband and son.

Michael does not support the war in Iraq and does not  socialize with his wife’s friends or National Guard unit.  He has distanced himself from the family, but  is also trying to cope with the recent death of his father. He seems unable to talk to  Jolene about this and seems to
be experiencing a mid-life- is this all there is crisis.   Jolene is trying to restart their relationship when her Guard unit (of which she
is Chief) gets called  to active duty in Afghanistan. The ensuing chapters deal with  aspects of  war : from getting ready to leave families, to the physical conditions of  living and fighting in third world conditions, to injury and death. Not everyone in  Jolene’s unit makes it home, and the ones that do are forever changed.  On the “home front”,  Michael has to become a single parent, the daughters have their own issues with Betsy displaying most every negative middle school girl characteristic imaginable, and the fortunate, nurturing presence of Michaels’ mother Mila and the entertaining physical therapist, Conny.

The members of our bookclub have read other Kristin Hannah novels, and this is similar in nature.  While not “high literature”, we found this to be an easy read that allowed us to see aspects of war and the armed services that we might not have previously considered.  Many bookclub members shared personal stories of their family involvement with the military in this and other wars.  While we found some of the character development to be lacking or formulaic,(except for Lulu), and had issues with the way  certain things came together (Michaels’ convenient legal case of a vet with PTSD, and the therapist who is called for expert advice), we had lively conversations about the brotherhood/sisterhood aspect that exists in the military, about the need for support and mental health counseling for families and the soldier given in a timely and generous manner, and the knowledge that at any time anyone in a military program can get “the call” for active
duty.  So while the writing may have not been a favorite of some, the conversations generated by the work were enjoyed by all.

February 6, 2013

This Month’s Book: Home Front…….In Three Words

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home front Home Front by Kristin Hannah is a novel about the Cost Of War on military families.

Kristin Hannah’s three words………Duty. Motherhood. Emotional.

Here is what some of our readers have to say:

loyalty, despair, redemption

very timely topic

friendship, sacrifice, love

timely … but sappy

Emotion, Loyalty, Heart

Love, honor, Trust

Gripping, Devoted, Hopeful

Amazing love story !!!!!

sacrifice, love, honor

Family, Country, Support

Well written, touching


How would you describe Home Front……………..  in three words?

February 4, 2013

Rate The Book: Home Front By Kristin Hannah

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