Home Front - Kristin Hannah

Home Front

By Kristin Hannah

  • Release Date: 2012-01-31
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 1,910 Ratings


"Home Front is Hannah's crowning achievement."—The Huffington Post

In this powerhouse of a novel, Kristin Hannah explores the intimate landscape of a troubled marriage with this provocative and timely portrait of a husband and wife, in love and at war.

All marriages have a breaking point. All families have wounds. All wars have a cost. . . .

Like many couples, Michael and Jolene Zarkades have to face the pressures of everyday life—children, careers, bills, chores—even as their twelve-year marriage is falling apart. Then a deployment sends Jolene deep into harm's way and leaves defense attorney Michael at home, unaccustomed to being a single parent to their two girls. As a mother, it agonizes Jolene to leave her family, but as a solider, she has always understood the true meaning of duty. In her letters home, she paints a rose-colored version of her life on the front lines, shielding her family from the truth. But war will change Jolene in ways that none of them could have foreseen. When tragedy strikes, Michael must face his darkest fear and fight a battle of his own—for everything that matters to his family.

At once a profoundly honest look at modern marriage and a dramatic exploration of the toll war takes on an ordinary American family, Home Front is a story of love, loss, heroism, honor, and ultimately, hope.

"Hannah has written a remarkable tale of duty, love, strength, and hope that is at times poignant and always thoroughly captivating and relevant." —Library Journal (starred review)


  • What an incredible, moving story

    By weimaranermama
    I read a lot - at least a couple books a week. I honestly cannot remember the last time I read a book that moved me the way this one has. The relationships in this story were so beautifully fleshed out and described that this will stay with me as one of my favorite reads along with another of her books, The Winter Garden. Bravo!

    This book will grab your heart and won’t let go until the last word.
  • Beautifully written.

    By Mo6798
    There are only two books that have ever made me cry. This was one of them. It’s a story of hope.
  • Home Front

    By IN member
    I loved the way that Kristin Hannah captured my heart and made it one with Jolene’s. I have not cried this much in a very long time. Even though my life has not included loss of the sort that Jolene experienced, I felt that loss sincerely. The story is believable and worth your time and tears!
  • The book was worth investing your time.

    By Am book reader
    A theme that runs through many books is children, and I mean 30s, 40s and 50s years old children who completely fall apart when a parent dies (didn’t they see it coming?) Now young children is a different story. All children should be taught from an early age that everything is born, lives and dies. And yes, I loved my parents. If a child or grandchild dies, yes, I would fall apart, so i’ll just have to liken it to that. But this older book of Ms Hannah for 2.99 is an excellent deal.
  • Slow Start but a heartfelt story that pulls you in to the last page.

    By disappointedbyagame6877
    This was a difficult book to read being a military mom of three soldiers. It started off tedious but I found myself becoming very invested in the characters and their story. Kristen Hannah has a passionate dedication to her stories that truly shines in her ability to create an intimacy between her readers and the characters. She artfully sheds light on important topics without taking a hardline stance so it’s something you can read without the stain of political ideology that too often finds its way into many of the contemporary stores available today. Worthy read.
  • Amazing

    By micjomcg
    Another amazing book by hannah, so fantastic with a story that makes you really think about life.
  • Really hit home

    By Okiegramto9
    Having sons and a grandson in the military I can see she really did her homework for this story. Her storytelling and the emotions were right on point.
  • Homefront

    By Valptr
    What a great read!! A very realistic telling of life, love, and death! Great, great story!! Many tears shed at the end…so very good!!
  • Great Novel and A Must Read.

    By Don Bitz
    I just finished my fifth Kristin Hannah novel and am ready form number six. You’re an excellent writer in my opinion and this book brought my emotions to my throat and eyes! I’m a Montana farmer/rancher and we don’t Cry!! I never served in the Military and expected to be called during Viet Nam however the county quota was filled. I have always honored those that served and they deserve our respect. I was privileged to be a Companion to a Wounded Warrior at Quiet Waters here in Bozeman, Montana a couple years ago. Wounded Warriors needs our support whether you served or not. Thanks Kristin for this story of all the sides of war for both those who served and those at Home. God Bless our Troops and their Families . Don Bitz