Welcome to the Spring Cleaning Giveaway Hop, hosted by BookHounds! This hop helps us bloggers clean off our bookshelves by giving away books that need to go, for whatever reason. Be sure to check the end of this post for the complete list of participating bloggers.
I’m giving away an advanced reader’s copy of Unremarried Widow: A Memoir by Artis Henderson!
“A frank, poignant memoir about an unlikely marriage, a tragic death in Iraq, and the soul-testing work of picking up the pieces” (People) in the tradition of such powerful bestsellers as Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking and Carole Radziwill’s What Remains.
Artis Henderson was a free-spirited young woman with dreams of traveling the world and one day becoming a writer. Marrying a conservative Texan soldier and becoming an Army wife was never part of her plan, but when she met Miles, Artis threw caution to the wind and moved with him to a series of Army bases in dusty Southern towns, far from the exotic future of her dreams. If this was true love, she was ready to embrace it.
But when Miles was training and Artis was left alone, she experienced feelings of isolation and anxiety. It did not take long for a wife’s worst fears to come true. On November 6, 2006, the Apache helicopter carrying Miles crashed in Iraq, leaving twenty-six-year-old Artis—in official military terms—an “unremarried widow.”
In this memoir Artis recounts not only the unlikely love story she shared with Miles and her unfathomable recovery in the wake of his death—from the dark hours following the military notification to the first fumbling attempts at new love—but also reveals how Miles’s death mirrored her own father’s, in a plane crash that Artis survived when she was five years old and that left her own mother a young widow. Unremarried Widow is “a powerful look at mourning as a military wife….You can finish it in a day and find yourself haunted weeks later” (The New York Times Book Review).
I received this book to review but never got around to it, so now it’s time for one of you to get it! It’s trade paperback size, so has the cover above. It’s never been read but has been on my shelf for several years. If you’re allergic to cats, please note that I have 3.
This giveaway is open to US residents ages 18 and older. This giveaway ends Sunday, 3/27/16 at 11:59pm EDT. To enter, just use the widget below. After you enter, keep scrolling down to see the complete list of participating bloggers. Good luck!