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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Military Families

The popularity of the show “Army Wives” on Lifetime prompted USA Today to interview several writers who explore the lives of military families in fiction and memoir ("Army Wives Share Their Military Lives in Books, on Television," Jan. 18, 2011). Among books featured are Army wife Siobhan Fallon’s You Know When the Men Have Gone, a collection of short stories, and Tanya Biank’s Under the Sabers: The Unwritten Code of Army Wives, inspiration for the Lifetime series.

Fallon, whose husband has been deployed once to Afghanistan and twice to Iraq feels there are more books on military family life to come. “I've been in touch with more spouses recently who are writers," she said in the USA Today article. "They're writing the stories but just haven't finished them yet or haven't started getting them out there." Until then, here are a few accounts of military life on the homefront already in print:

I Love a Man in Uniform: A Memoir of Love, War and Other Battles
by Lily Burana

The Day After He Left for Iraq: A Story of Love, Family and Reunion
by Melissa Seligman

While They’re at War: The True Stories of American Families on the Homefront by Kristin Henderson

Small Wars by Sadie Jones

Wild Man Creek by Robyn Carr (and other titles in her Virgin River romance series)

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