Beyond Afghanistan

More Views of a Military Spouse

Non-Fiction - Military
242 Pages
Reviewed on 12/12/2014
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Author Biography

A. Piper Burgi is a writer and the author of "Beyond Afghanistan: More Views of a Military Spouse", (September 2014), "My Afghanistan Campaign Diary: Views of a Military Spouse" (May 2013) and "One RV, Three People and 6000 Miles - And Two Doggies, too" (July 2011); some of Piper's work has also been featured in the popular German women's magazine "Mach Mal Pause" (loosely translated it means "Take a Break"). She is also an Air Force Veteran, former Air Force contractor and a military spouse; plus a busy doggie mommy, a cook, an event coordinator, a chauffeur…you get the picture. When she is not busy chasing after her two “furry children”, or holding on tightly to a good cup of coffee, she can be found typing away on her laptop computer.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Andretta Schellinger for Readers' Favorite

A. Piper Burgi in her book Beyond Afghanistan: More Views of a Military Spouse describes what it is like to have your spouse not only deploy but then return to an uncertain future. This book starts with right after Christmas, which is about a month after her husband Ken returned from Afghanistan. While deployed, the author maintained the family home in Alaska, while waiting for his return. Using a journal to record daily activities as well as emotions, the author continued this after her husband’s return. The book follows the couple through the first year that he is back, from the initial return and reintegrating with his unit to unknown orders. The first part is all about the stabilization of the service member. After six months, it becomes more about where their future lies and how the military can play with the emotions and futures of its service members. The final part details what could be their final move and how their future is finally taking shape.

Having been a military spouse during a deployment, for me this book hit a specific emotion when I read it. A. Piper Burgi was able to draw me into her and her husband’s life in Beyond Afghanistan: More Views of a Military Spouse. I connected with this story due to the raw emotion that the author displays in this book. Overall, I feel it is a heartfelt recollection by a spouse of a service member, who puts her life on hold for the one she loves, just as thousands of people do in support of our military.