Bev Marshall is the award-winning author of Walking Through Shadows, Right As Rain, Hot Fudge Sundae Blues, and Shared Words: A Guide for Writers’ Groups and Book Clubs. She is the former writer-in-residence at Southeastern Louisiana University. Her latest offering is a memoir and audible, Back Home: A Vietnam Veteran’s Wife’s Short Memoir about a Long War. She lives in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, with her husband, Lt. Colonel Francis Marshall.
9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 3
Two Women’s Perspectives on the Vietnam War: Autobiographical Fiction and a Memoir
10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Back Home: A Vietnam Veteran’s Wife’s Short Memoir about a Long War
A military wife for twenty-two years, Bev Marshall, a Vietnam veteran’s wife writes a deeply personal story of her struggles during the chaotic years of the war. As we travel with her through the turbulent years, of body counts and protests, the story expands to include other young wives and their stories.
Back Home is a panoramic view of those women who served back home, some of them with astonishing resilience, others who fail to endure the hardships of separations. Marshall allows the readers an intimate glimpse into the fluctuating relationship of her marriage as she navigates the ebb and flow of her husband’s military career.
Through numerous uprooting’s, disappointments, and emotional upheavals, the memoir nears conclusion when Marshall’s husband is assigned to an isolated base on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Here she writes of her neighbors whose damaged lives devolve into unexpected behaviors. There’s humor along the way but, as the war ends, there’s one more battle to fight.
Finally, Back Home is a paean to the thousands of military wives both past and present whose sacrifices and service to our country is invaluable.
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