Thursday, April 11, 2019
Redeployment---a reading challenge with a friend
When I embarked on my personal National Book Award project to read at least two of the category winners per year for the past ten years, I remembered the book, now gathering dust on my book shelf, and committed myself to reading the whole thing. A friend, whose husband is also in the Army National Guard, also had a copy of the book so we decided to read it together and discuss our progress on-line. Since I am retired and she is not, my progress was a bit faster than hers. Both of us, though, found the stories pretty distressing so could only manage reading small portions at a time.
I should say, just so I don't offend anyone, that members of the US Military hold each other in high esteem but it is common place for them to brag about their branch and make fun of the members of the other branches. Here, since we are both Army wives, there are a few comments where we make fun of the Marines. I would expect the same directed at the Army if the shoe was on the other foot. No harm or disrespect intended!
I have changed the name of my friend to respect her privacy but I have also received her permission to share portions of our dialogue. As you will see, I posted after every chapter, Jane posted less often.