Review: Band of Sisters by Kristen Holmstedt

Band of Sisters: American Women at War in Iraq - Kirsten Holmstedt

This was an easy but not very fulfilling read. It was intersectional in terms of race and had all four traditional branches of service was represented. This book was the result of the author's thesis work for her MA in Creative Writing. I think the author needs to stick with fiction, because her nonfiction work reads like a fifth grader's book report. The profiles had no detail or purpose; just snapshots of women in the military deployed and working in Iraq. There was no theme or idea to tie these women together; after each woman was profiled, you didn't read about her again until the epilogue, which was written with a "where are they now?" feel. There was also no information on how these women dealt with the homecoming and readjustment to American life. Turns out, the author's follow up work (When the Girls Come Marching Home) deals with the post-deployment issues and realities. I have the second book on my wish list, but I don't have high hopes for it.