The Futility of Loving a Soldier

The Futility of Loving a Soldier 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

  • Title: The Futility of Loving a Soldier
  • Author: E.D. Martin
  • ISBN: 9781622532339
  • Page: 491
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 exEleven 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 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.

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    About "E.D. Martin"

    1. E.D. Martin

      ED Martin is a writer with a knack for finding new jobs in new places Born and raised in Illinois, her 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 She draws on her experiences to tell the stories of those around her, with a generous heaping of what if thrown in.She currently lives in Illinois where she job hops while working on her novels.Her debut novel, The Lone Wolf, was published by Evolved Publishing in Dec 2013.

    631 thoughts on “The Futility of Loving a Soldier”

    1. I had to stop reading this and set the book down a couple times. I had five combat deployments and was married through all of them. Over the years, I've read many accounts of soldier life that were hollow and inauthentic, sometimes insultingly so. But, this collection hit home in many ways. I wouldn't say it was a fun read, but it was often a powerful one. It brought up a lot of emotions, but ultimately in a cathartic way. I think this ED's best one yet.


    2. This anthology of short stories packs a powerful punch. The theme centers on how some soldiers can fail to adjust to their homecomings. For those unlucky veterans, there's no neatly fit back into their former lives. They have difficulty living up to their own expectations as well as those of others. Choices are made, some with long lasting consequences. Fortunately, there are rays of hope here that belies the title of the book. A dog, a childhood friend, a child of a new generation offer keys to [...]


    3. *I received this book for free through Giveaways*It might be a bit of a stretch to call some of these stories, all eleven together doesn't even equal eighty-five pages. And they can be a bit confusing since there is a set that's semi-continuous following each successive generation of military fathers and their soon-to-be-military sons. There's also a connecting story that goes with the last story but none of the connecting stories are sequential, they're intercut with stories that don't have to [...]


    4. An insightful and sensitive account of the lives of those who fall in love with soldiers and who must live with the shattered lives of those who go to war to protect their country and their loved ones. I particularly enjoyed the way the various stories in this collection interwove with each other. When I turned the last page, I was disappointed there weren't any more. My favourite tale was the first one from which the title of this novel was taken. A must read for anyone who has loved or known a [...]



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