The Soldier's WifeBook - 2012
Returning to his wife and daughters after a tour of duty in Afghanistan, British major Dan Riley struggles to adjust back to civilian life while his family evaluates the difficult sacrifices they must make to support him. By the award-winning author of The Other Family. Reprint.
Returning to his wife and daughters after a tour of duty in Afghanistan, British major Dan Riley struggles to adjust back to civilian life while his family evaluates the difficult sacrifices they must make to support him.
Simon and Schuster
The “brilliant, mesmerizing storyteller” (The Washington Post) Joanna Trollope illuminates an experience shared by millions of people: a soldier’s return to family life causes three generations of a family to struggle with the impact of war on their relationships.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN LOVE AND DUTY COLLIDE?
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. He’s up for promotion and his ex-Army grandfather and father couldn’t be prouder. The Rileys are united in support of Dan’s passion for his career.
But are they really? His wife, Alexa, has been offered a good teaching job she can’t take because the Army may move the family at any time. Her daughter Isabel hates her boarding school—the only good educational option for Army families—and starts running away. And Dan spends all his time on the base, unable to break the strong bonds forged with his friends in battle. Soon everyone who knows the Rileys is trying to help them save their marriage, but it’s up to Alexa to decide if she can sacrifice her needs and those of her family to support Dan’s commitment to his work.
With her trademark intelligence and grace, Joanna Trollope illuminates the complexities of modern life in this story of a family striving to balance duty and ambition.
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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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