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War Flower

My Life After Iraq
Narrated by: Christine Lakin
Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
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Brooke King has been asked over and over what it's like to be a woman in combat, but she knows her answer is not what the public wants to hear. The answers people seek lie in the graphic details of war - the sex, death, violence, and reality of it all as she experienced it. 

In her riveting memoir War Flower, King breaks her silence and reveals the truth about her experience as a soldier in Iraq. Find out what happens when the sex turns into secret affairs, the violence is turned up to 11, and how King's feelings for a country she knew nothing about as a 19-year-old become more disturbing to her as a 30-year-old mother writing it all down before her memories fade into oblivion.

The story of a girl who went to war and returned home a woman, War Flower gathers the enduring remembrances of a soldier coming to grips with post-traumatic stress disorder. As King recalls her time in Iraq, she reflects on what violence does to a woman and how the psychic wounds of combat are unwittingly passed down from mother to children. War Flower is ultimately a profound meditation on what it means to have been a woman in a war zone and an unsettling expose on war and its lingering aftershocks. For veterans such as King, the toughest lesson of service is that in the mind, some wars never end - even after you come home.

©2019 Brooke King (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Christine Lakin is a great storyteller. Easy to listen to and has the ability to keep you drawn into the story.
The start of the book tells a gritty story of war but dips away toward the end.