Sunday, December 6, 2015

Jennifer Miller

Jennifer Miller's new novel is The Heart You Carry Home.

From her Q & A with Deborah Kalb:

Q: Your characters include veterans from the Vietnam War and the Iraq War. What similarities and differences do you see on the impact those wars had on the veterans who fought in them and the country overall?

A: In terms of similarities, something I saw in talking with Vietnam vets and Iraq/Afghanistan vets is that it doesn’t matter where you fought—it is a singular experience of being in a situation that binds veterans across generations. They feel understood despite the vast age difference and how the military has changed. That’s a part of the connection.

Also, when you’re out in the field, the first priority is the people you’re with, trying to protect them, looking out for comrades.

A couple of things that have changed—Vietnam vets [generally] went in alone and came out alone. These days, there’s more emphasis on keeping people with their unit. Part of the reason has to do with the situation a lot of Vietnam vets experienced after their service. When you have that network, and more people...[read on]
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