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Title:  Bombshells: War Stories and Poems by Women on the Homefront

Editors: Missy Martin and Jesse Lorne

Publisher:  Omni Arts

Reviewer: W. H. McDonald, Jr. – AAA Founder

A Collective Spiritual Consciousness about War and the Women left at Home!

Rarely does an anthology contain such nuggets of wisdom, and pain as does this wonderfully edited collection of stories and poems by the women who are left behind at home during war. The book‘s cover shows the image of a pink hand grenade that jumps out at you. The title is just as explosive, “Bombshells: War Stories and Poems by Women on the Homefront.” Inside the book is even better and is filled with stories, essays and poems that will rip and shred your very soul! It is one of the most gripping books related to war that I have read.

The book was put together and edited by Missy Martin and Jesse Lorne. It is a brilliantly done. The placement of the poems and stories is well thought out and it seems that the emotional energy just keeps building throughout the entire book. It is one of those books that you cannot stop reading.

There are many different and diverse voices contained in the book, which reflects again, some good editing choices. The book brings war into another level of thinking. War is not often viewed from the point of view of those who were left at home waiting for their loved ones to return; I often wondered what that would feel like when I was in Vietnam. When my own son was in the Gulf War in Iraq and I did not know his daily status, it almost drove me insane with worry. It hurts worse then being in combat yourself.

This book is an honest, compelling look at what these women went through while waiting for their warriors to return. You cannot read this book without feeling your heart rip and break apart with their pain. This book transcends war –it is about people!


A portion of the sales from this book is donated to The Fisher House Foundation.” That foundation builds “comfort homes” on or near active military and Veteran Affairs medical facilities. The houses are provided free for injured soldiers who must be close by for treatment. It is also available to their families who travel to be near their wounded warrior.  This is much like the "Ronald McDonald House" near many Children's Hospitals.


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