This book has been on my TBR list for YEARS. My husband just recently returned from deployment and I figured now was a good time. This a short book made up of loosely connected short stories, and they were sad. All of them.
There's so much more to military life than this handful of short stories portrays, but yes, these things do happen and these are some of the struggles that real families face. I don't want to say I 'liked' this book because that feels wrong given the subject matter, but I did want to read it in its entirety, and I really came to feel for the couples that were portrayed here. I know this is a work of fiction, but being military my entire life...first a military child, now a military wife...I know the author saw these stories (or something similar) first or second hand.
Some of the things in this book are a bit outdated at his point in time, but the stories, at their heart, are not. These things have been going on since the dawn of the military. They went on during WWI...WWII...Vietnam...Afghanistan...and will continue to go on in wars and conflicts to come. Some military families make it, and some don't. That's the reality, and I feel like this book did a good job of portraying just a small glimpse of that.