Home Front

Home Front

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Home Front by Kristin Hannah, Maggi-Meg Reed

"Home Front is Hannah's crowning achievement." The Huffington Post

In this powerhouse of a novel, Kristin Hannah 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 lifechildren, careers, bills, choreseven as their twelve-year marriage is falling apart. Then a 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 ownfor 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.

"Hannah has written a remarkable tale of duty, love, strength, and hope that is at times poignant and always thoroughly captivating and relevant." —Library Journal (starred review)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781427212658
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Publication date: 01/31/2012
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

A former lawyer turned writer, KRISTIN HANNAH is the mother of one son and lives with her husband in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii.

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Home Front 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've had many of Kristen Hannah's previous books, and I find the same thing over and over again, they're just too sad for me to get through. I read books to "escape" from the real world, but instead, I find myself crying and feeling really sad while reading Hannah. I know a good author makes you feel the emotions, and I keep reading Kristen Hannah because I do love the way she writes, but Home Front and her last release were just entirely too sad for me to read. I need feel good books, but if you don't mind sobbing through a story, then you seriously will love Kristen Hannah. I believe she's a great author, just not necessarily for me.
ReadsalotIL More than 1 year ago
This book was a wonderful read! It is so perfect for the non-military people to see what our military families sacrifice for our freedom.
Averyw17 More than 1 year ago
As a young army wife, I was eager to read this book having just survived a very long year with my husband being deployed to Afghanistan. This book was hard to read, but in a good way if that makes sense. Kristin Hannah's portrayal of pre-deployment, deployment, and the after math that follows upon their return is a pretty accurate depiction. This book is absolutely lovely, beginning to end. I was in tears one moment and laughing the next. I love her emphasis on the real truth of PTSD, even if it was in an extreme case, and the effects it has on our heroes coming home. Read this, if not for a feel good family story, but for some small insight into the struggles 1% of Americans face so that you could have your freedom.
BeachGalJW More than 1 year ago
Being a R.N. in a defense-military-based industry, as a civilian, I very much appreciated Kristen's interpretation of our current war & what military families must deal with: both emotional & physical problems, away & on the home front. Because I absolutely love to read, especially before bedtime, this novel fit the bill! You will not be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great read. I like books that make me think and this one, as do all Kristin Hannah books, rose to the occasion. I agree with another reviewer that people tell too much of the story in reviews, so YES read it. In fact I avoid reading the book jacket because they tell so much of the story. Can't wait for the next Hannah book!
ckmkak2 More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to like this book. I enjoy this author but this one did not hold my interest. I was excited to read it because I work for a helicopter company and thought that with it being in the story line it would be a home run for me. The characters were not ones that I feel I had a vested interest in. It was an OK read for me not bad but not great, either.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a Army wife and really enjoyed this book. Hannah captures everything that military families go through. Very realistic and well thought out story line.
kayceepoo More than 1 year ago
You have so much in this story…marriage issues, teenage angst, and a troubled childhood. But, if you want to learn, really learn, about war and PTSD, “Homefront” is amazing. It’s a woman’s story and very woman should read this book!! Hannah's best work yet!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Kristin Hannahs books and this one does not disappoint. On a few occasions I caught myself with tears in my eyes and wanting to hug the ones I love. This book is very relatable even to those with no "military" members in the family. It definately changes your view on the things going on in the world currently. Whether you agree with the war or not, the soldiers are all heroes just doing the job they signed up for. Another great book, hard to put down and hard to forget <3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Kristen Hannah's characters are three-dimensional, which makes all the difference. A page turner, for sure, and very real in its story telling. A good read, in my opinion. I am new to Kristen Hannah's books, the first I read was The Nightengale, which is extraordinary and one of the best books I've ever read. An exceptional author, for sure.
dto More than 1 year ago
I have read other titles by this author and enjoyed them very much. However, Home Front was far from her best work. The story line was way to contrived and plodding to be enjoyable.
Vivi45 More than 1 year ago
Although this book had many poignant parts,I found it to be extremely repetitive. The author drew out a story that could have been told in about 190 pages to 349 pages. It does justice to our troops, and for that I will give it an extra star. Otherwise, fairly boring and too long.
jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
Homefront by Kristin Hannah Mike and Joleene have problems as everybody has. He's just told her shortly after her 41st birthday party and he no longer loves her. He even brings the wrong color roses. He's too busy with his work life that he's neglected her and the 2 kids. He even wants to get a divorce. He has the job of defending people in court. Now she is off to service and he has to step up and also take care of the kids. After 6 months of training she would come home for a few weeks, then leave for another 6 months. Tears come to my eyes as I recall when my son wrote his 'last letter's as Joleen writes her letters to her family, hoping they will never have to read them. Michael and his struggles with the kids almost make him ready to throw the towel in. He's coming home earlier everyday-by 6 and there's so much work to still do. He is the lawyer for the man who killed his wife-a military man and Michael doesn't think it went down like that as he was basically ignored and has post traumatic stress syndrome. The crucial events of the girls life are not being spent with her mother and the dad is trying to do everything right. He's cut his hours at work and is working hard on the case. When she gets injured and is sent home the real hard work starts. Love how neighbors and other military people came over to lend a hand. I've lived in a military community my whole life and have never seen this but I'm sure it happens even here in RI. Love how they get her to do her PT and talk of other charity programs. Michael asks others what he can do to help her recuperate and is willing to try anything. She's still very angry at what happened to her and just wants to sit there and do nothing. His major case is about to go to trial and all he can think about is his wife and her road. Love all the travel and descriptions of the places. She can help his case and in turn get help from the case... Such a touching book of love lost romance and war and having it all ripped from your heart and soul and how to rebuild to get it all back again...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read several books this summer and by far Home Front is my favorite!
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Mars0 More than 1 year ago
Must Read!!!!! Worth 10 Stars!!!!!
Paperback_Princess More than 1 year ago
This book made my eyes well down at the end. I don't know if that was because I listened to this while I was working out so I wasn't as emotional, but it surely wasn't for lack of sad moments. I don't think I could even imagine going through what she went through and still be as sane as she was at the end of this book. I've found writing this book particularly hard because I don't have strong feelings toward this book. I neither hated it, nor loved it; it was a decent book, but I don't think it wasted my time, nor do I think everyone needs to read it. I think that for me int provided a new perspective that I never really considered before. I don't really like war books, I'm not sure why, but they just don't attract me, but here I was listening to this book about a woman who went off to war. It was heart breaking as she talked about having to writing &quot;Just in Case&quot; letters for her 12 year old and 4 year old while her husband was pouting like a child declairing &quot;I don't love you anymore&quot; two weeks before she is deployed. It was harsh, but that admission made them grow back together. I wanted to believe that Michael had changed and that he came to love Jolene again, but his attitude at the start of the book makes it hard to believe. I do think that he realized he made a mistake in not trying with Jolene, but his turn around was too quick to be believeable. It was also all too coincidental that he is working on a PTSD case as his wife goes off to war, but that is what books are for right? Unlikely coincidences. What also irked me about this book was the teenage daughter, Betsy. Maybe it was just the fact that this was an audiobook and when the speaker changed their voice to a high pitched whine whenever being Betsy, but she just annoyed the crap out of me. She was a typical teenager who couldn't stand her mom, but there were times when her cruelty even hurt me. The worst was when Jolene, in reaction to a door slamming threw herself and her awkward prosthetic leg to the ground at her best friend, Tammy's memorial at her home; Betsy yelled &quot;Whats wrong with you? You're ruining my life!&quot; like it was all about her. As much as Jolene snapped at her, never once did she say &quot;For once this isn't about you&quot; or anything to that effect. Teenager are awful. The scenes where Jolene struggled with coming back from war were the most touching, even when she wrote in her journal about what war was like for her. It was something that I never really thought about and it was terrifying to read about. That along with the case of PTSD that Michael (who was a lawyer defending a Marine who shot his wife) really showed how war affected those that came back. All in all, it wasn't a terrible book, but it the ending was wrapped up in a neat little bow with everyone happy. (Except for Tammy) I would tell you what it is that made me cry in the end, but then you wouldn't go read the book.
Merianna More than 1 year ago
A totally spellbinding read from start to finish. But, it really gripped my heart, a very emotional read. Excellent writing, and a beautiful story...but I like "lighter" usually. However, I'm happy I read it. A good job and certainly worth the money. Thanks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definately an inspiring read, real sad but full of hope and promise and as real and poignant as it gets--it will stay with you-- and perhaps haunt you ---one of Hannah's best!!
VirtuousWomanKF More than 1 year ago
Exceptional Story!!! First of all, I want to thank the men and women of the armed forces that protect this great country of ours. If not for your loyalty, honor and sacrifice this country would be a shell of what it is today. Thank you so much and may God Bless You! &quot;Home Front&quot; is an amazing novel about how war affects not only the men and women serving in our military but also for the spouses, families and friends that remain behind. I cannot imagine the toll it must take on all concerned. Not only is it a struggle to leave or be left behind, be in the midst of a war or at home praying to God that your loved one is safe, but also when returning home the transition that everyone must go through, it is so heart wrenching. Kristin Hannah does an exceptional job of portraying life with PTSD and the effects of war. This book is an emotional read with much detail and yet like Hannah's other novels reads very smooth and fast, you will not want to put it down. Highly recommend for book club discussion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book. If you know nothing about the military life please read this book. It will open your eyes to the reality of war, deployment, and military life. I however could not recommend this to my sister who is a military wife . After you read this book you will hopefully remember all of our troops and pray for their safety on a daily basis.
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PamT2u More than 1 year ago
The book is a great read. Yes, you will probably need tissues. I think Hannah has written a timely novel that works great for the present. Many a soldier returns home and can't really deal with the things that they have seen during the war. It is a wake up cry that Veteran Services need to be improved tremendously in our country. The military itself also needs to do a better job debriefing the soldiers. As usual, Hannah does a good job depicting the complexities of a crumbling marriage as well as moody teens. She still allows a great portrayal of family and friend support. Home Front is a great read and would facilitate an awesome book club discussion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago