Letters Home: Afghanistan by Teresa Jones
From the correspondence between John, a soldier deployed to Afghanistan, and his mother, we begin to realize that the sacrifices a soldier makes are not all so obvious. Not only does he have to deal with the challenges and fears of war but he also has to deal with being away from his family and missing out on so many things. We are also allowed a look into how a mother would feel having her son in harm’s way and how she tries to convey her care, worry and love in letters.
A touching book written in a very realistic manner. Through the correspondence between a soldier and his family, we are given a closer look into the experiences and lives of both deployed personnel and those they leave behind.
I cannot imagine it is easy to write a book exclusively as a packet of letters, and I think it could easily lose substance, but Teresa manages to keep the story going through the notes and news sent from mother to son.
A well written novella.