6,000 miles away from the explosion in Iraq that took his leg, Josh Carpenter struggles to reclaim his former life as a college student.
Mary Fischer, a civilian for the first time in years, strikes out on her own to create a new, independent life away from the army, and her controlling mother.
The last time Josh saw Mary, his National Guard unit was leaving Camp Wolf, headed north to the war in Iraq.
The last time Mary saw Josh, he was unconscious, covered in blood, and headed for a hospital in Germany.
On the campus of Indiana University, Josh and Mary’s paths move ever closer to a reunion that could help ease the nightmares and heal old wounds… or make them worse.
If you want to really experience what it was like to be in Iraq from the emotional level, this is a great book. It is a beautiful story from the perspective of two soldiers, one male and one female, who find each other in such a difficult place. It is a story of how one struggles with PTSD and returning home. The emotional issues of adjusting to life after war. You will laugh and you will cry. It’s real and you feel it. You won’t regret it. – David Mardis
The characters immediately grab you and the plot unfolds in almost real time. It’s a deceptively simple narrative (oh, its going to be a love story…oh wait…its something else entirely) that made it difficult to put down. What really impressed me about the novel is that every character is a real person. The author fleshes everyone out in a way that I think is instantly recognizable to everyone who reads it. By the end of the novel I felt like I’d been to hell and back with people that I knew intimately. – RonP
I enjoy books that allow me to experience a perspective and experience that is not mine. Alone in the Light brought more than one story line in life for me: being stationed in a combat zone, the challenges of returning to civilian life, managing depression, and being seen as a hero when that’s not what you feel like inside. It was emotionally resonant without being emotionally manipulative or gratuitously violent. Alone in the Light will stay with me for a while. I’d recommend this book to anyone looking for fresh voices telling stories walking the line between the ordinary human lives and extraordinary experiences. – WendyM