A Memoir of Love, War, Faith, and Renewal
On Sale: May 4, 2015
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The widow of “American Sniper” Chris Kyle shares their
private story: an unforgettable testament to the power of
love and faith in the face of war and unimaginable loss--and
a moving tribute to a man whose true heroism ran even deeper
than the legend
In early 2013, Taya Kyle and her husband Chris were the
happiest they ever had been. Their decade-long marriage had
survived years of war that took Chris, a U.S. Navy SEAL,
away from Taya and their two children for agonizingly long
stretches while he put his life on the line in many major
battles of the Iraq War. After struggling to readjust to
life out of the military, Chris had found new purpose in
redirecting his lifelong dedication to service to supporting
veterans and their families. Their love had deepened, and,
most special of all, their family was whole, finally.
Then, the unthinkable. On February 2, 2013, Chris and his
friend Chad Littlefield were killed while attempting to help
a troubled vet. The life Chris and Taya fought so hard to
build together was shattered. In an instant, Taya became a
single parent of two. A widow. A young woman facing the rest
of her life without the man she loved.
Chris and Taya’s remarkable story has captivated millions
through Clint Eastwood’s blockbuster, Academy Award-winning
film American Sniper, starring Bradley Cooper as Chris and
Sienna Miller as Taya, and because of Chris’s bestselling
memoir, in which Taya contributed passages that formed the
book’s emotional core. Now, with trusted collaborator Jim
DeFelice, Taya writes in never-before-told detail about the
hours, days, and months after his shocking death when grief
threatened to overwhelm her. Then there were wearying
battles to protect her husband’s legacy and reputation.
And yet throughout, friendship, family, and a deepening
faith were lifelines that sustained her and the kids when
the sorrow became too much. Two years after her husband’s
tragic death, Taya has found renewed meaning and connection
to Chris by advancing their shared mission of “serving those
who serve others,” particularly military and first-responder
families. She and the children now are embracing a new
future, one that honors the past but also looks forward with
hope, gratitude, and joy.
American Wife is one of the most remarkable memoirs of the
year -- a universal chronicle of love and heartbreak,
service and sacrifice, faith and purpose that will inspire
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