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"The pull of family and career, the limits of friendship and the demands of love all come to vivid life in Wildwood." --Susan Vreeland, author of Girl in Hyacinth Blue
On THE GOOD SISTER:
"The story will make you ache for these two women who are bound inextricably and irrevocably by their shared past." --bestselling author T. Greenwood
"With unflinching honesty, Drusilla Campbell explores the emotional complexities between sisters and mothers, and just how far we will go to hurt and help each other. Poignant and intense." --Ellen Newmark, author of The Book of Unholy Mischief
"Campbell burns through Simone's struggles and those of Roxanne in haunting, graphic detail. Should be on everyone's book club list." --Publisher's Weekly
Posted December 14, 2013
I usually don’t read war/military books, but I don’t know why this book caught my eye. However, I am so glad I read it. When She Came Home has everything under the sun going on: domestic abuse, dysfunctional family, military issues, etc. You name it, it is probably somewhere in this book. You learn how to grow with the characters, how they intertwine with one another, you start to understand how it is to be in war, you urge to reach to them.. so captivating.
Frankie enlists in the military after 9/11, she thinks she needs to protect her daughter, her family, but most importantly her husband thinks she wants the approval of her father, the General.
When Frankie finally gets home she doesn’t want to admit anything is wrong with her, even two months later; however, the effects of Frankie’s emotions are toying with her daughter emotional balance.
This was by far one of the hardest books I have read in the longest time, probably why I don’t like reading war/military type books. On another note, I am so glad I did. It gives me more respect, than ever, for those who fight for our country on a daily basis.
Posted April 10, 2013
Frankie Byrne Tennyson is the daughter of a retired Marine Brigadier General and her life as well as the General’s wife have been all-military. There’s no room for weakness and Frankie is out for a challenge from family and her husband when she is so stunned by 911 and the death of children on the planes that were attacked that she decides to enlist to do battle in Afghanistan or wherever required. Her father, however, makes sure she is not put in harm’s way after her initial training. Later however she signs up for another tour and does get to serve in Iraq, even if her job is only to create a new school rather than do battle. But she is witness to unspeakable things which will later come up in as certain facts and issues come to the public light.
When Frankie returns, she’s definitely not the same person she was, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and that her going and returning have also seriously affected her daughter, Glory. The latter has questions galore, none of which Frankie wants to answer as she is definitely in need of professional help herself. But the General’s family have been well-trained as “perfect” Marines. That basically means that psychological help is off limits as it would, if exposed, put an indelible mark on one’s career chart and worse than that display an inability to cope.
The father’s secret is, however, that at one time he was coping no better than his daughter. All of these characters must move through their days displaying more and more dysfunction until there will be no denial of the need for help. It’s either that or someone will be bearing the brunt of the unconscious raging and invisible battle wounds everyone is denying.
This is such a timely issue that must not be covered over or denied, and Drusilla Campbell handles the problem with all its nuances and direct consequences with aplomb and admirable grace. Rather than the expected maudlin quality, Frankie and her family are the epitome of what thousands of individuals and families are experiencing after returning from one or several tours of military service in Iraq or Afghanistan. Kudos to you Ms. Campbell for writing a realistic novel about what unfortunately is today not one iota of fiction! While it may gloss the surface of the issue, it’s definitely worth the read!
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