By: Karen Houppert
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A gritty, behind-the-scenes look at the tour of duty from the domestic front, Home Fires Burning, provides a fascinating, fresh look at an enormous American institution and the families that live in its shadow.
As taps echoes across the cookie-cutter housing areas of upstate New York’s Ft. Drum, the wives turn on the evening news, both hoping for and dreading word of their husbands overseas.
It’s a ritual played out on military bases across the nation as the waiting wives of Karen Houppert’s extraordinary book endure a long, lonely, and difficult year with their husbands far from home.