Today is Memorial Day, when we remember and thank those who have given their lives in service to our country.
Jimmy's Stars by Mary Ann Rodman. Ellie is devastated when her older brother is drafted in WWII. At first she and her friends fight over whose brother or father is the biggest hero. But then they start returning with severe injuries, or not returning at all.
After Eli by Rebecca Rupp. Three year's after Danny's brother is killed in Iraq, he keeps a notebook of how people have died, and why.
Personal Effects by E. M. Kokie. TJ was killed in Iraq and his younger brother Matt hasn't been able function since. When TJ's trunks arrive, Matt thinks going through the letters and effects will help bring closure, but they end up showing Matt a side of his brother he never knew, or imagined.
In Honor by Jessi Kirby. Honor receives her brother Finn's last letter three days after he died in Iraq. The letter contains concert tickets and a mission. The mission was a joke, but in her grief, Honor accepts it, and finds herself driving across country with Finn's ex-best friend.
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells. This adult novel examines many mother-daughter relationships and was a favorite when I was a teen. It's on the list because one of the stories involves a brother shot down in France.
Park's Quest by Katherine Patterson. Park's father died in Vietnam and her mother refuses to speak of him, but when he spends the summer with his paternal grandparents, his illusions are beyond shattered. Park is not the only one feeling the loss of his father, and he's not the only one unable to move on.
After the Dancing Days by Margaret Rostkowski. Annie's horrified by the wounded veterans returning from WWI, but starts volunteering at her father's veteran's hospital. There she befriends Andrew and finds some closure after the death of her uncle, who died in the War.
Memorial Day is a pretty American holiday (other countries have similar days, notably many Commonwealth countries celebrate Remembrance Day on November 11) so this list is about American servicemen and women who have given their lives. What titles am I missing?
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