"This is an outstanding collection of stories about veterans of wars. WW I, Nam, WW II, Desert Storm and more. All of them will tug at your heart and make you realize that some vets never get over the traumatic events of war (or their service)." ~ A Navy Vet...VT town
[Literary, Women's Fiction, Anthology, War, Veterans, Relationships]
The stories in this collection explore the physical and psychological effects of combat, both on those who serve and those back home. Told from the points of view of spouses and children as well as the soldiers themselves, the stories tackle eleven different scenarios spanning five American wars. Guilt and acceptance, despair and hope, selfishness and sacrifice, and above all, love, blend together as characters come to realize maybe their feelings aren't futile after all.
Eleven stories of what it means to love a soldier:
A girlfriend explains why she knew her boyfriend wouldn't come back from the front.
A stranger reminds a veteran what matters in life.
A wife struggles to trust her husband with their baby after he returns from deployment.
Old friends search for a way to reclaim the dreams and plans of their childhood.
A woman haunted by her experiences finds an unlikely ally.
One man's enlistment creates ripple effects for generations as four sons seek to make sense of what they and their fathers are fighting for.
"The Futility of Loving a Soldier" by E.D. Martin
Evolved Publishing presents a collection of interconnected short stories, focused on the difficulties of maintaining relationships with troubled soldiers who've returned from war, from the author of the women's fiction novel "Yours to Keep or Throw Aside". [DRM-Free]
What Others Are Saying About "Yours to Keep or Throw Aside":
"Redemption. This was the first word that occurred to me with the last sentence of the book. Redemption for what we've done; redemption from what we've suffered. ...a touching story of two people struggling to find their place in life and their true self, two souls which have suffered more than enough, two human beings who have discovered that we are the loneliest in our darkest hours." - Tsvetalina Baykusheva
"I got really invested in the characters, which is saying a lot for me... I don't get into book characters this much very often. I'm usually pretty heartless! This book was different. It stuck with me, so much so that I had to hound my best friend to read it so we could discuss it. It would be a great book club selection, and the author even includes some questions for discussion." - Charlie
More Great Literary/Women's Fiction from Evolved Publishing:
- Hannah's Voice and Carry Me Away by Robb Grindstaff
- Desert Rice (#1) and Desert Flower (#2) by Angela Scott
- Cassia by Lanette Kauten
- White Chalk by P.K. Tyler
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About the Author
I’m a writer with a knack for finding new jobs in new places. Born and raised in Illinois, my past incarnations have included bookstore barista in Indiana, college student in southern France, statistician in North Carolina, economic development analyst in North Dakota, and high school teacher in Iowa. I draw on my experiences to tell the stories of those around me, with a generous heaping of “what if” thrown in.
Growing up, I preferred books to people, and fortunately the library down the road indulged my introversion/misanthropy. I’d read any genre, as long as the story had relatable characters and left me thinking about what I’d read days, even years later. This has stuck with me, and it’s something I aim for in my own works: Love my characters or hate them, just as long as my stories leave you feeling something or seeing the world in a new perspective.