Simon & Schuster
On Sale: January 7, 2014
Featuring: Artis Henderson; Miles
Hardcover / e-Book
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In this powerful memoir, a young woman loses her husband
twenty years after her own mother was widowed, and overcomes
two generations of tragedy to discover that both hope and
Artis Henderson was a free-spirited
young woman with dreams of traveling the world and one day
becoming a writer. Marrying a conservative Texan soldier and
becoming an Army wife was never part of her plan, but when
she met Miles, Artis threw caution to the wind and moved
with him to a series of Army bases in dusty southern towns,
far from the exotic future of her dreams. If this was true
love, she was ready to embrace it.
But when Miles
was training and Artis was left alone, her feelings of
isolation and anxiety competed with the warmth and
unconditional acceptance sheâ€™d found with Miles. She made
few friends among the other Army wives. In some ways these
were the only women who could truly empathize with her
lonely, often fearful existenceâ€” yet they kept their
distance, perhaps sensing the great potential for heartbreak
among their number.
It did not take long for a
wifeâ€™s worst fears to come true. On November 6, 2006, the
Apache helicopter carrying Miles crashed in Iraq, leaving
twenty-six-year-old Artisâ€”in official military termsâ€”an
â€śunremarried widow.â€ť A role, she later realized, that her
mother had been preparing her for for most of her life.
In this memoir Artis recounts not only the unlikely love
story she shared with Miles and her unfathomable recovery in
the wake of his deathâ€” from the dark hours following the
military notification to the first fumbling attempts at new
loveâ€”but also reveals how Milesâ€™s death mirrored her
fatherâ€™s death in a plane crash, which Artis survived when
she was five years old and which left her own mother a young
In impeccable prose, Artis chronicles the
years bookended by the loss of these menâ€”each of whom she
knew for only a short time but who had a profound impact on
her life and on the woman she has become.
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