This is a collection of loosely interconnected short stories populated by the soldiers and their spouses stationed at Fort Hood. Each story focuses on the lives and perspectives of different characters, such as the deployed soldiers in country, the returned soldiers struggling to re-integrate into civilian life or the spouses left behind to worry about the safety and well being of their deployed husbands while they struggle to hold together their families on the home front. The characters are bound together by the cavalry regiment to which they (or their spouses) are assigned.
I'm not normally a fan of short stories (they're too short and at the end you're like, wait, what was the point?), but something about this particular collection grabbed me. The stories go by fast, and I think they benefit from the interconnectedness of the characters--for example, characters from one story might pop up in another story. Each story is in itself heartbreaking, sad, and heavy with the struggles, fears and worries of its characters. You can easily read through this short story collection in a day because it's hard to put down, the stories are compelling and it is an easy read. I recommend that you pick it up the next time you visit the library.
--Reviewed by Ms. Angie