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A Year of Absence: Six women's stories of courage, hope and love
by Jessica Redmond


 

 

 

Awarded the 2005 Gold Medal for Best Nonfiction Book by Military Writers Society of America

A Year of Absence
follows the lives of six women whose husbands, all members of the U.S. Army's First Armored Division based in Germany, deploy to Iraq in April 2003. A young lieutenant's wife comes dangerously close to alcoholism. Marriages are pushed to the breaking point by the constant strain of fifteen months apart. Each morning the women anxiously scan the headlines, wondering if they still have a husband, if their children still have a father. Some form friendships that become their lifeline. Others somehow find courage despite their isolation.

ISBN 0965748316
6"x9" Hardcover 232 pages $24.95
Elva Resa Publishing LLC

Retailers include: Borders Books & Music, Barnes & Noble, and independent booksellers
Available online via: Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com
Primary wholesaler: Baker & Taylor
Also available direct from the publisher by phone 651-357-8770, fax 501.641.0777, e-mail orders@elvaresa.com

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Author Book Tour
Jessica Redmond

Locations include: Los Angeles,
San Diego, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Seattle, Dallas, and Washington, D.C. as well as Ft Drum, Ft Bragg, Ft Leavenworth, Ft Sill,
Ft Irwin, Ft Polk, Ft Lewis, Ft Hood, and Ft Benning.

Author is currently on tour through Spring 2006. To arrange a speaking engagement, book signing, or other author event, please call 651-357-8770 or email pr@elvaresa.com

Sample tour coverage:
Desert Dispatch- reading at Ft Irwin
The New Tribune - signing at Ft Lewis

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Author Book Tour

Jessica Redmond, author of A Year of Absence, is currently on tour through Spring 2006. To arrange an event in your town, please call 651-357-8770 or email pr@elvaresa.com.

Praise for A Year of Absence:

"Since The Illiad, soldiers’ lives have been celebrated and bemoaned as the toughest imaginable. But Redmond’s new book, A Year of Absence: Six Women’s Stories of Courage, Hope, and Love, explores what every soldier’s wife knows, but few outside the military culture comprehend: how much long separations and anxiety test the strongest, most self-sufficient and resilient wives." — Stars and Stripes Oct 9, 2005

“A Year of Absence finally gives voice to the very intimate and private struggles of military wives. It's hard not to cry as you read these stories.”
— Yvonne Latty, author of
We Were There: Voices of African American Veterans from World War II to the War in Iraq

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