Home Front by Kristin Hannah

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26 Critic Reviews

By reversing traditional expectations, Hannah (Night Road) calls attention to the modern female soldier and offers a compassionate, poignant look at the impact of war on family.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

In her bestselling novels Kristin Hannah has plumbed the depths of friendship, the loyalty of sisters, and the secrets mothers keep. Now, in her most emotionally powerful story yet, she 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 life---children, careers, bills, chores---even as their twelve-year marriage is falling apart. Then an unexpected 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 own---for 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. 


 

About Kristin Hannah

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Kristin Hannah is the New York Times bestselling author of many acclaimed novels, including Fly Away, Firefly Lane, Winter Garden, Magic Hour, Comfort & Joy, The Things We Do for Love, Between Sisters, Angel Falls, Waiting for the Moon, When Lightning Strikes, If You Believe, Once in Every Life, The Enchantment, and A Handful of Heaven.
 
Published January 31, 2012 by St. Martin's Press. 432 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Home Front
All: 26 | Positive: 22 | Negative: 4

Kirkus

Excellent
Jan 01 2012

Less bleak than the subject matter might warrant—Hannah’s default outlook is sunny—but still, a wrenching depiction of war’s aftermath.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Jan 02 2012

By reversing traditional expectations, Hannah (Night Road) calls attention to the modern female soldier and offers a compassionate, poignant look at the impact of war on family.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Norah Piehl on Feb 02 2012

In HOME FRONT, Kristin Hannah disrupts many readers' assumptions about what a soldier looks like and about what the life of a military family is like.

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USA Today

Excellent
Reviewed by Kathy Altman on Jan 26 2012

Complex, captivating characters. A timely, dynamic plot. Gorgeous prose.

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Deseret News

Excellent
Reviewed by Kelsey Hansen on Mar 03 2012

Hannah's depictions of complicated and challenging love will connect with all audiences.

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The Seattle Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Melinda Bargreen on Jan 30 2012

There are no picture-perfect endings; the losses in "Home Front" are real. But so are the gains, beautifully detailed in what is probably Hannah's best work yet.

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Military.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Dawn Vaughan on Feb 06 2012

Hannah is adept at bringing readers into the world of Iraq veterans, especially women soldiers, and how the Army intertwines with their identities.

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Little Apple Bookworm

Excellent
Reviewed by Judi on Mar 19 2012

This is an intense and emotional story, with well developed characters, offering insights into the experiences our military families endure when a family member is deployed.

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All Things Girl

Excellent
Reviewed by Becca Rowan on Feb 01 2012

Home Front, like all of Hannah’s other novels, is immensely readable.

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Spouse Buzz

Excellent
Reviewed by Andi on Feb 01 2012

Home Front was a refreshing departure from what I’ve come to expect from authors who aren’t steeped in military culture.

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Yahoo! Voices

Good
Reviewed by Stephanie Grohol on Dec 31 2011

I was very impressed with this book and I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to read this newest book.

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Fresh Fiction

Good
Reviewed by Sandi Shilhanek on Jan 24 2012

From the opening pages of the story Hannah has taken what could be ordinary and turned it into unique and page turning.

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S. Krishna's Books

Good
Reviewed by Swapna Krishna on Feb 01 2012

Home Front is a powerful, moving novel that gripped me from beginning to end.

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Book Binge

Good
Reviewed by Casee on Jan 17 2012

Home Front is a book that will suck you in.

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A Bookworm's World

Good
Reviewed by Luanne on Feb 17 2012

Kristin Hannah has done a remarkable job of depicting war, the horrors, the after effects, the pride, honour and duty associated with the military.

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Peeking Between the Pages

Good
Reviewed by Darlene on Jan 31 2012

I suggest a box of tissues when you sit down with this novel.

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The Brazen Bookworm

Good
Reviewed by Sarah on Jan 30 2012

Her characters are well drawn, with depth and personality, and the issues they face are difficult, yet they felt so real.

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Under My Apple Tree

Below average
Reviewed by Leslie on Jan 13 2012

It had the elements I look for in a story about modern military family life, but at times it fell flat for me becoming overly drawn out and too sentimental.

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Steph the Bookworm

Below average
May 26 2012

This book was insightful and excellently written but I found it to be slighltly slow moving.

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My Friend Amy

Good
Mar 19 2012

...she's heavy on the emotional intensity and they really grip your heart.

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Overflowing Heart Reviews

Below average
Feb 22 2012

I’m not against happy endings, but when the ending is something so content and the rest of the book has been an emotional rollercoaster of PTSD and death and bitchy teenagers, I call bananas on that nonsense.

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The IE Mommy

Below average
Reviewed by Jill on Feb 06 2012

This story was emotionally draining at points, frustrating at other points.

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The Romance Man

Good
Reviewed by Pat F. on Mar 19 2012

I enjoyed every emotion evoked by this wonderful story, and can't wait for Ms. Hannah's next.

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Deborah Woehr

Good
Feb 07 2012

Kristin Hannah has a way of fleshing out her characters so that the reader will react, either positively or negatively.

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Read. Write. Pray.

Good
Reviewed by Marti Pieper on Feb 01 2012

The author’s extensive research allowed her to write this book with accuracy in place, event, and technical detail.

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The Loud Librarian

Good
Reviewed by Marissa on Jan 08 2012

This is a wonderfully written novel - it could have been pathetic and angsty, but Hannah strikes just the right balance of indignation, fear, angst, action and romance.

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