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Learning to Stay
     

Learning to Stay

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by Erin Celello
 

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Elise Sabato is proud of her husband, Brad, for serving his country...and grateful when he returns home to her. But the traumatic brain injury he suffered in Iraq has turned him from a thoughtful, brilliant, and patient man into someone quite different....someone who requires more care and attention than Elise can give while working in a demanding law firm. And

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Elise Sabato is proud of her husband, Brad, for serving his country...and grateful when he returns home to her. But the traumatic brain injury he suffered in Iraq has turned him from a thoughtful, brilliant, and patient man into someone quite different....someone who requires more care and attention than Elise can give while working in a demanding law firm. And when Brad ends up on his family’s farm, hundreds of miles away, she wonders where their marriage is headed.

Elise must decide between the life she always wanted and the life she seems to be living…until she finds inspiration in the most unlikely of places: a lovable dog named Jones who teaches her that when the best-laid plans take unexpected turns, sometimes you end up right where you were meant to be.

Editorial Reviews

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Praise for Learning to Stay

"[A] gem of a novel...For anyone who has wondered what happens behind closed doors when a loved one comes home from war..."—Lee Woodruff, co-author of New York Times bestselling In an Instant

"A timely novel, but also a novel that speaks to the tides of any marriage, in peacetime or at war."—Joseph Monninger, author of Margaret from Maine

"Riveting and tender...the emotional battle a wife must wage to bring her husband back to her."—Erika Marks, author of The Mermaid Collector

"Inspiring..."—John Shors, author of Temple of a Thousand Faces

Kirkus Reviews
A work of fiction based on research into the causes and symptoms of PTSD and traumatic brain injuries sustained by U.S. war veterans, this book also examines the lack of sufficient care available to vets once they have been discharged from service. The narrator of this story is a junior associate in a law firm and the wife of a once-brilliant man who returns from Iraq with both traumatic brain injury and PTSD. From the beginning, we know they were once deeply in love and still are. The book opens with her spending a horrible night waiting to hear if her husband survived an explosion that killed her friend's husband, his commander, and when she is finally told that he survived without apparent injury and will be home soon, she is beyond relieved. But then his sporadic, strange, angry and sometimes violent actions, of which he later has no memory, begin to destroy their marriage. She cannot recognize the man she married in the damaged man who returned. She attempts to get help for him from Veterans Affairs, with disappointing results. Eventually, it is a canine companion who will help him heal. In a conversation guide at the end of the novel, the author discloses that she has had no personal experience with the subject matter of the book. Alternately heartbreaking and heartwarming.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451236975
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/05/2013
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
395,901
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
Praise for Learning to Stay

"[A] gem of a novel...For anyone who has wondered what happens behind closed doors when a loved one comes home from war..."—Lee Woodruff, co-author of New York Times bestselling In an Instant

"A timely novel, but also a novel that speaks to the tides of any marriage, in peacetime or at war."—Joseph Monninger, author of Margaret from Maine

"Riveting and tender...the emotional battle a wife must wage to bring her husband back to her."—Erika Marks, author of The Mermaid Collector

"Inspiring..."—John Shors, author of Temple of a Thousand Faces

Meet the Author

Erin Celello is the author of Miracle Beach and Learning to Stay. She was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where she also earned an MFA in fiction from Northern Michigan University. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband, two young sons, and two unruly Vizslas. She teaches writing at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

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Learning to Stay 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
bucmjt More than 1 year ago
Learning to Stay by Erin Celello is a very powerful read.  Although equipped with an HEA, the twists and turns to get there are gut-wrenching.  Do not read this one without tissues.  But, also be open minded and ready for a reality check.  The story line and characters in this one will stay with me forever, including the four legged ones.  Hats off indeed.
jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
Learning to Stay by Erin Celello Her husband although the rest of his group were blown up by an IED he returned home. Little by little she notices he's lost part of what he was all about. At times he's violent to her, other times to others. She is a lawyer under deadline for depositions when the police show up and escort her to jail. She has tried to get him help and he blew up at her. Her other best girlfriend lost her husband in the same accident and they have drawn apart from one another.T The red tape she has to go through really upsets me because he is a veteran and it should be automatic that he can get in to get help...so sad as I know this is happening to others in real life as well. She's such a strong person to be able to handle all that comes with it and her job/life. She gets an idea from a magazine and the others agree to mediation talks. Things grow bad over time and she's made a decisions from multiple choices as what to do. Things move fast from that point on. Love how things just came about and it's so true about how they use the animals-it's proven in times of todays tragedies, etc. I received this book from Library Thing and the author in exchange for my honest opinion
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Military families is something I do not know a ton about.  Most of what I know is from tv and movies, so to read a book felt a little more real and I think allowed me to get into their home and read what feels as an honest moment in their lives.  Elise is a working woman and as her husband is sent to a war zone she spends more time developing her law career.  When he returns wounded, her life goes into a tailspin and the reader wonders if they will be able to get to a happy place.
RyanMatejka More than 1 year ago
Very well-written. It drags its feet at times but pulls you back in just before it's over. This is an author to keep your eye on.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Elise Sabato's wonderful and loving husband, Brad is a soldier deployed to Iraq, after his unit was attacked, he comes back home, but he is drastically different from the man she once knew. Brad is a total stranger, struggling to get back to a 'normal' life, while Elise struggles to help him, sometimes being rather harsh, sometimes wondering if she can find the strength to stay. At the point when Brad reaches rock bottom, he meets an amazing dog that helps to heal both Brad and Elise. Erin Celello has portrayed the plight of so many families of vets coming home with so much emotion and depth as they learn to cope with the aftermath of war's brutality and the lack of available and immediate help for the life altering crisis they face. I found myself wondering how I might react and cope. This is definitely a tear-jerker, one box of tissues may not be enough, better grab the paper towel as back up! This edition was provided by NetGalley and NAL Trade in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent sophmore novel by Erin Celello. A must read for anyone in the military or who has had experience with Traumatic Brain Injury or PTSD. The central theme of the book is love and helps get a glimpse into what military families go through when they send their loved ones off to war and they return a different person. You will not be diappointed with this book...