Going Overboard (Paperback)

The Misadventures of a Military Wife

By Sarah Smiley

Berkley, 9780451218513, 288pp.

Publication Date: June 27, 2006

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In 1999, Sarah was a typical bride-to-be, flustered with wedding details. Then the groom called. “I don’t want you to panic, but I might not be able to come to our wedding....”

So began Sarah Smiley’s life as a military wife. As a former Navy brat herself, Sarah knew better than anyone that weddings and funerals—even childbirth!—take a backseat to Uncle Sam. But just as the young, nationally syndicated columnist was getting comfortable with the military wife’s routine, her husband was sent away for an unexpected deployment. What followed was a true test of strength and wit. From getting locked out of the house in cowgirl pajamas to wrestling with the temptation of infidelity, Sarah exposes it all with candor, heart—and knowing humor.

About the Author

Sarah Smiley is the wife of a Navy flight instructor and the mother of two young boys. Growing up with an Admiral father, she has been a Navy dependent for nearly thirty years.

Praise For Going Overboard: The Misadventures of a Military Wife

“Often funny and always humane, an unexpected voice in a world long defined by ironclad rules and abhorrence of emotion. It is that wry take on the life of a military spouse...one that questions the rules and regulations of the shadow military she embodies, that Smiley does best.”—The New York Times Magazine