Home Front

Home Front

Book - 2012
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From a distance, Michael and Joleen Zarkades seem to have it all: a solid marriage, two exciting careers, and children they adore. But after twelve years together, the couple has lost their way; they are unhappy and edging toward divorce. Then the Iraq war starts. An unexpected deployment will tear their already fragile family apart, sending one of them deep into harm's way and leaving the other at home, waiting for news. When the worst happens, each must face their darkest fear and fight for the future of their family.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2012
ISBN: 9780312577209
Call Number: HANNAH, K


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Jan 05, 2020

HOME FRONT is one of Hannah's best books. Usually, Hannah has two or three sisters as the central characters upon whom the story revolves. Not this time. In HOME FRONT, Hannah explores several themes that are interconnected brilliantly:
1) husband/wife relationships
2) children/parents relationships
3) career vs home life relationships
4) military (duty and patriotism) vs parenting (duty, responsibility)
5) friendship
6) self worth or esteem

In this novel, Hannah structures her story around the Zarkades family. Michael and Jolene Zarkades are the central characters. He is a lawyer; she is a homemaker and participates in the National Guard where she flies Black Hawk helicopters. They have two daughters, Betsy, age 12, and LuLu, age 4. Helping when necessary is Michael's mom. Life seems to run fairly smoothly until Jolene's National Guard unit gets deployed to Iraq for a year. Also, crucial to the story are the Zarkades' neighbors, Carl and Tami Flynn and their son Seth, age 12. Jolene and Tami are best friends and fly Black Hawk helicopters together in the Guard.

This is a great book, well researched on soldiers, the Iraqi War, and soldiers returning from war. It is about two women who draw strength from one another and about how important serving their country and their families are to them.

Jan 02, 2020

I have read several of Kristin Hannah's books and have enjoyed all of them. Home Front is an excellent read. I am a veteran, and I really got into this book. The wording was very realistic - I felt like I was there at times. Kristin Hannah has a way of drawing her readers into what is going on in the book. You don't need to be a veteran to enjoy this book. I highly recommend it.

Nov 20, 2019

Great book! Make sure you have tissues nearby as you will need them!

Oct 12, 2019

This has to be one of the best books I have read in all the years I have been reading.
I cried, I laughed and loved all the characters. I will not tell you about the amazing story of a young wife, mother and pilot. You have to read the book to experience the amazing strength and love that a family shared and the life they endure when separated. Enjoy, I did.

Aug 23, 2019

I can not say enough about this book. I laughed, I cried (a lot), and I fell in love with every character in this book. Kristin Hannah is a superb story teller. I have only read one other book by this author, The Great Alone, which I highly recommend.
If you are a fan of strong female characters, this is a book for you. Jolene is tough. This book taught me so much about the struggles a military family goes through while their loved ones are away and it taught me even more about the struggles the hero's and their families go through once a loved one comes home from war. This book is beautiful. Thank you to every member of the military for your service and thank you to every military family as well.

Jun 22, 2019

Forget everything you thought you knew about wars and the people who so bravely serve our country because "Home Front" will forever change that. This is an amazing account of a brave soldier who took incredible risks when she was unexpectedly deployed and thrown into the horror of war. Beautifully written, this is a book like no other that not only explores a unique role reversal but perfectly balances the trauma of loss, loneliness and conflicting views on a very real topic. Because war is not one of my topics of choice, I was not expecting to become so engrossed in this powerful story and I can say without a doubt that it is the best book I've ever read. This is a must-read for every American who has had any exposure to war, be it in their personal lives or simply through television, Internet or newspapers. It will change your life in ways you never expected.

Jun 09, 2019

It was decent as a whole as the plot clicked in together well with a realistic action and reaction

Some parts were a bit rough around the edges and slightly repetitive in my opinion but it was okay

Nov 05, 2017

This is again a Bookclub choice. It was easy to read and I think her characters were well defined. The storyline flows well and is easily followed. However every character from Jolene down to Lulu are caricatures. Jolene, the yound woman who has despite her unhappy childhood manages to carve out a wonderful well structured life, Michael, the hard working lawyer principled who has difficulty dealing with the death of his father who he idolized, Betsy the hormonal pre-teen and Lulu the spoiled pre-schooler. Jolene, who grew up with drunken parents who fought like cats and dogs never raises her voice, does everything for her family, forgives everything and anything her daughters do and Michael who works hard but is essentially makes no decisions with respect to family life and finds himself wondering if his relationship and family life is what he wants.

Of course when Jolene is deployed to Iraq and Michael has to take over family responsibilities he does it differently and he sees the light with respect to his role in his family. Surprise surprise!

The last third of the book is well done, Ms. Hannah does a good job in describing the difficulties returning soldiers face and it is very predictable.

Good read as an easy diversion but I would not call this a classic.

Oct 05, 2016

This book was great!!! It was an emotional book but I liked it very much.

ArapahoeKati Oct 04, 2016

I love Kristin Hannah's historical fiction, but hadn't read a contemporary novel of hers. I am glad I did. Let me tell you, I totally cried.

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Aug 07, 2016

Good story. Read on vacation

Jul 07, 2013

This book about a wife who deploys to Iraq certainly gives you a picture of the effects of deployment on families and the returning soldiers. Great read!

racing14 May 01, 2012

In her bestselling novels Kristin Hannah has plumbed the depths of friendship, the loyalty of sisters, and the secrets mothers keep. Now, in her most emotionally powerful story yet, she explores the intimate landscape of a troubled marriage with this provocative and timely portrait of a husband and wife, in love and at war.
All marriages have a breaking point. All families have wounds. All wars have a cost. . . .
Like many couples, Michael and Jolene Zarkades have to face the pressures of everyday life---children, careers, bills, chores---even as their twelve-year marriage is falling apart. Then an unexpected deployment sends Jolene deep into harm’s way and leaves defense attorney Michael at home, unaccustomed to being a single parent to their two girls. As a mother, it agonizes Jolene to leave her family, but as a solider she has always understood the true meaning of duty. In her letters home, she paints a rose-colored version of her life on the front lines, shielding her family from the truth. But war will change Jolene in ways that none of them could have foreseen. When tragedy strikes, Michael must face his darkest fear and fight a battle of his own---for everything that matters to his family.
At once a profoundly honest look at modern marriage and a dramatic exploration of the toll war takes on an ordinary American family, Home Front is a story of love, loss, heroism, honor, and ultimately, hope. "Good Reads.com


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