A Year of Absence

Six Women's Stories of Courage, Hope, and Love

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.

Jessica Redmond
Jessica Redmond

Jessica is the author of A Year of Absence, the true stories of six women whose husbands deployed to Iraq at the start of the war.

Midwest Book Awards – Gold

Midwest Book Awards – First Place

Military Writers Society of America - Gold Medal

Military Writers Society of America – Gold Medal

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  • 6"x9" / 232 pages
  • 978-0-9657483-1-5
  • Hardcover $24.95
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