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The Warrior

A Mother's Story of a Son at War

Frances Richey


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A "heart-rending"(Anna Quindlen, "Newsweek") memoir-in-verse that speaks to a mother's love for her son
When Frances Richey's only child, Ben, a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Green Beret, went on the first of his two deployments to Iraq, she began to write the twenty-eight unflinching poems that make up "The Warrior." This urgent and intensely personal collection describes the world of those who wait while their loved ones are in combat or perilous situations; it is universal in its expression of the longing, anguish, love, and hope that constitute close relationships.

Viking Adult, 9780670019618, 96pp.

Publication Date: April 10, 2008

About the Author

Frances Richey was born in Williamson, West Virginia and grew up in Charleston, WV. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. After working in the business world for almost two decades, she left to teach yoga and write. She is the author of one previous collection of poetry, "The Burning Point," which won the White Pine Press Poetry Prize and was released in 2004.