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The Effects of War on the Homefront

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Like “Thembi’s Diary“, this story takes us into its characters’ world without the use of a narrator. It’s an approach that can provide exceptional immediacy. In this piece, a soldier and his wife struggle to build a life after his return from the Iraq war.

We’ve read quite a lot of stories about PTSD; we thought this a particularly useful window on the disease, its costs to victims’ emotional well-being and their ability to function in society—as Anna Mohan, the soldier’s wife, notes so eloquently at the end of the piece.