Dimensions: 400 pages, 3.74 × 2.52 × 0.49 in
Published: January 31, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0312577206
ISBN - 13: 9780312577209
About the Book
The blockbuster bestselling author of "Night Road" and "Firefly Lane" delivers a masterful novel that explores the sacrifices of one American family and illuminates the true cost of honor, duty, and love, offering an intimate look at the inner landscape of a disintegrating marriage and a dramatic examination of the price of war.
Read from the Book
One April 2005 On her forty-first birthday, as on every other day, Jolene Zarkades woke before the dawn. Careful not to disturb her sleeping husband, she climbed out of bed, dressed in her running clothes, pulled her long blond hair into a ponytail, and went outside. It was a beautiful, blue-skied spring day. The plum trees that lined her driveway were in full bloom. Tiny pink blossoms floated across the green, green field. Across the street, the Sound was a deep and vibrant blue. The soaring, snow-covered Olympic mountains rose majestically into the sky. Perfect visibility. She ran along the beach road for exactly three and a half miles and then turned for home. By the time she returned to her driveway, she was red-faced and breathing hard. On her porch, she picked her way past the mismatched wood and wicker furniture and went into the house, where the rich, tantalizing scent of French roast coffee mingled with the acrid tinge of wood smoke. The first thing she did was to turn on the TV in the kitchen; it was already set on CNN. As she poured her coffee, she waited impatiently for news on the Iraq war. No heavy fighting was being reported this morning. No soldiers—or friends—had been killed in the night. “Thank God,” she said. Taking her coffee, she went upstairs, walking past her daughters’ bedrooms and toward her own. It was still early. Maybe she would wake Michael with a long, slow kiss. An invitation. How long had it be
From the Publisher
In her bestselling novels Kristin Hannah has plumbed the depths
of friendship, the loyalty of sisters, and the secrets mothers
keep. Now, in her most emotionally powerful story yet, she explores
the intimate landscape of a troubled marriage with this provocative
and timely portrait of a husband and wife, in love and at
All marriages have a breaking point. All families have
wounds. All wars have a cost. . . .
Like many couples, Michael and Jolene Zarkades have to face the
pressures of everyday life---children, careers, bills,
chores---even as their twelve-year marriage is falling apart. Then
an unexpected deployment sends Jolene deep into harm's way and
leaves defense attorney Michael at home, unaccustomed to being a
single parent to their two girls. As a mother, it agonizes Jolene
to leave her family, but as a solider she has always understood the
true meaning of duty. In her letters home, she paints a
rose-colored version of her life on the front lines, shielding her
family from the truth. But war will change Jolene in ways that none
of them could have foreseen. When tragedy strikes, Michael must
face his darkest fear and fight a battle of his own---for
everything that matters to his family.
At once a profoundly honest look at modern marriage and a
dramatic exploration of the toll war takes on an ordinary American
family, Home Front is a story of love, loss, heroism,
honor, and ultimately, hope.
About the Author
Kristin Hannah is the New York Times
author of eighteen novels. A former lawyer turned
writer, she is the mother of one son and lives with her
husband in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii.
"Hannah masterfully details the unraveling of a family."
-Associated Press on Night Road
"Kristin Hannah is back in top form with…Night Road. The novel
grips the reader from the
first appearance of despondent 14-year-old Lexi Baill…[and] will
hook Hannah fans from start
to suspenseful finish." -Washington Post
"Night Road is a do-not-miss for fans of Jodi Picoult and will stay
with you long after you've
turned the last page." -Justine Magazine
"[A] rich, multilayered reading experience, and…an easy
recommendation for book clubs."
-Library Journal, *starred review on Night Road
"Hannah's latest is a moving and realistic portrait of a
complex and enduring friendship."
-Booklist on Firefly Lane
"[Hannah] really knows what women-her characters and her
-Publishers Weekly on True Colors
"This terrific buddy saga about two best girlfriends who survive
all sorts of escapades and
catastrophes will inevitably provoke comparisons with Iris Dart's
'Beaches,' but the story is
all Hannah's own."
-The Seattle Times on Firefly Lane
"You cannot read Night Road and not be affected by the story and
the characters. The total impact of the book will stay with you for
days to come after it is finished."