ABC Friday Reads – Embedded On The Home Front

UPDATE! Read great review of this book in The Calgary Herald

Recently released by Heritage House Publishing Co., Embedded on the Home Front: Where Military and Civilian Lives Converge, a collection of personal essays written by and about the Canadian families and friends of soldiers serving in the Canadian military, and stories of ex-soldiers now coping with life “back home.” Each is a very moving piece of writing that describes what life is like for those who remain in Canada, supporting and waiting for their loved ones who serve, and how ex-soldiers have coped with blending into a civilian life that can never be the same as what they left when they entered military life.

From the publisher’s website: Editors Barb Howard and Joan Dixon have compiled insightful essays and reflections from 14 writers, including Melanie Murray, Scott Waters, Ryan Flavelle and Chris Turner. All have found themselves, at one time or another, embedded on the home front. And even though each experience is unique and comes from a single perspective, common motifs surface: family, fate, death and memory. This anthology captures triumphs, incredible fortitude and humour, often in the face of grief, as well as the complicated logic, fears, anger and other everyday realities that are part of home-front life.

Both Howard and Dixon are Alberta authors and some of the 14 contributors are from Alberta, as well, but the rest represent other parts of Canada. However, this is not a book just intended for a Canadian audience. Its universal theme will ring true for anyone, anywhere, who has or has had family members serving in military operations at anytime throughout the world. Or anyone who has themselves served in the military.

This is an important book, especially to be read and considered leading up to November 11th when we observe Remembrance Day in Canada and Veteran’s Day in the United States.


Embedded on the Home Front: Where Military and Civilian Lives Converge
Edited by Joan Dixon & Barb Howard
CDN$ 19.95 9781927051573

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