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

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The emotional true story of a family separated by war. We feel for the men and women who are risking their lives at war, but what of the families they’ve left behind? In gorgeous prose, a military wife describes a year in her family’s life a year in which her husband leaves for war and returns, and prepares again to leave. Melissa Seligman’s son is a newborn, and her daughter, a toddler, when her husband ships out to Iraq. Starting with that day, and focusing on the months that follow, she movingly describes the balancing act her life has become: being a loving mother to her young children, with the haunting knowledge that her husband, their father, could be killed at any time. Seligman doesn’t hesitate to express her inner pain. She watches her daughter acting out in fury. Then there’s her own anger. Ultimately, though, she comes to accept her life and appreciate the strength and determination of her loving children and husband. It’s a book to read in one sitting, and to think about for years.

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Melissa Seligman writes at home when she's not caring for her two young children. Her husband is in the U.S. Army. She and her family live in Clarksville, Tennessee, just outside Fort Campbell Army Base.

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The author’s son, Elijah, was eight weeks old when the boy’s father, Melissa’s U.S. Army husband, David, went to Iraq. Their daughter, Amelia, was two. This touching memoir explores the day-to-day life of a woman who is suddenly a single parent, a mother who doesn’t know if her children will ever see their father again, a wife temporarily without a husband. The terrible possibility of the separation becoming permanent looms over Melissa’s life, provides a grisly context for everything she does—and yet, somehow, she soldiers on in the attempt to live a normal life for herself and for her kids. If Sue Miller, or perhaps Anita Shreve, were to write a novel about a woman’s struggle to maintain her sense of normality—and her spirit—while her husband was fighting a far-off war, it might sound a lot like this memoir: moving, intelligent, insightful, and timely. (Booklist -David Pitt )

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