A Year of Absence: Six women's stories of courage, hope, and love
by Jessica Redmond
Six Army wives struggle to make it through their husbands’ 15-month deployment to Iraq in this true story by Jessica Redmond. A young lieutenant's wife comes dangerously close to alcoholism. Marriages are pushed to the breaking point by the constant strain of the long months apart. Each morning the women anxiously scan the headlines, wondering if they still have a husband, if their children still have a father. Some form friendships that become their lifeline. Others somehow find courage despite their isolation.
Author Jessica Redmond has worked as a teacher, freelance journalist, Peace Corps volunteer, and community organizer, but one of her most challenging roles has been as a military wife. In April 2003, during their first year of marriage, her husband was sent to Iraq as part of the U.S. Army's First Armored Division. As the deployment dragged on, Jessica set out to discover how other wives were coping. She tells those stories in A Year of Absence.
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