A stunning debut novel--unexpected, tautly written, suspenseful--that touches on some of the most profound questions we have about war as it tells us a haunting story of a single mother, and her Navy SEAL son. It begins in May 2011: Sara's son Jason has been missing for nine days in the aftermath of a SEAL mission. Out of devotion to him, Sara--smart, modest, tough-minded--has made herself knowledgeable about things military, and, as a freelance editor, she frequently works for Washington policy makers and wonks. But she knows nothing more about her son's disappearance than the press corps camped out in her driveway. In a series of flashbacks we learn about Jason's absentee father: a man who claimed to have been a writer but who died, according to insiders, helping to make the country safer. Through letters Jason wrote his mother while training, we see him becoming a strong, compassionate leader. But his fate will be determined by events that fall outside the sphere of his training, and far outside the strong embrace of his mother's love.
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June 17, 2013
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