Pretty Much True (Paperback)
Penxere Press, 9780578428130, 260pp.
Publication Date: April 12, 2019
When Jake deploys in 2003 to fly Apache helicopters in Iraq, Mia, a former adjunct English professor and Jake's fiance, passes the time working as a cab driver with an ear constantly on the news for updates from talking TV heads hungry for soldier tragedies (great for ratings ). Numbed by the fear that she'll never see Jake alive again, Mia does her best to limit her encounters with others affected by the war: her overbearing future mother in-law; an alcoholic, charismatic Vietnam veteran who frequently requests Mia as his driver; a pragmatic but secretive longtime Army wife; and a soldier who found a way to stay home. Pretty Much True is the war story that's seldom told -- the loss and love in every hour of deployment, and a painfully intimate portrait of lives spent waiting in the spaces between.