Embedded on the Home Front

Joan Dixon, Barb Howard,

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ISBN: 9781927051573

Embedded on the Home Front

  Author:   Joan Dixon, Barb Howard,  
  Publisher:  Heritage Group Distribution

Home front. It’s hard to separate that expression from war. In the First and Second World Wars, the home front was a clear entity and location: if you weren’t on the frontlines, you were on the home front. But during current times of peacekeeping, peacemaking and armed interventions, the notion of home front seems to comprise only those who are in some way directly affected by the military: family and friends of soldiers, returning soldiers or ex-soldiers—an invisible group camouflaged by everyday jobs and activities.

Editors Barb Howard and Joan Dixon have compiled insightful essays and reflections from 14 writers, including Melanie Murray, Scott Waters, Ryan Flavelle and Chris Turner. All have found themselves, at one time or another, embedded on the home front. And even though each experience is unique and comes from a single perspective, common motifs surface: family, fate, death and memory. This anthology captures triumphs, incredible fortitude and humour, often in the face of grief, as well as the complicated logic, fears, anger and other everyday realities that are part of home-front life.

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ISBN associated with this title:9781927051573
Item HH0018
PublisherHeritage Group Distribution
PublisherHeritage Group Distribution
Published onSeptember 15 2012
Language eng
Pages 192
Format Paperback
Dimensions7.5(in) x 5.5(in)
Shipping weight230(g)
Status ACTIVE TITLE
Joan Dixon has long been fascinated by Canadian social and cultural history. She has been writing, editing and researching for books, magazines and other media for more than 25 years. She has published nine non-fiction books of her own and edited countless others. In 2010, her essay “The Perils of War and Mother-Son Relationships” won the James H. Gray Award for short non-fiction, and her essay “Embedded on the Home Front” was shortlisted for the Jon Whyte memorial essay prize. She lives in Redwood Meadows, Alberta.

Barb Howard is an author and editor who worked as a lawyer prior to completing her MA in creative writing. She has published three novels and a collection of short stories. Her writing has appeared in anthologies and magazines across Canada, including The New Quarterly, Grain, The Dalhousie Review and Alberta Views. In 2009, Barb won the Writers Guild of Alberta Howard O’Hagan Award for short fiction. In 2012, she is shortlisted for the Howard O’Hagan Award and for the Ross Annett Award for children’s literature. Barb lives in Bragg Creek, Alberta.