The Half Life Of Sgt. Jen Hunter by Tracy Baim

cover of the book The Half Life Of Sgt. Jen HunterThe Half Life Of Sgt. Jen Hunter by Tracy Baim
Genre: Fiction
Copyright Year: 2011
Published: 2010
Publisher: Avon Books
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Format: Trade Paperback
Type: Electronic Format Available
No. of Pages: 164
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ISBN: 9781456461928
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In the early 1990s, prior to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the U. S. military discharged gay and lesbian servicemembers under a longstanding ban. During the first Gulf War, many of those soldiers were kept in under a “stop loss” order, only to be discharged upon their return home. Now that DADT has been struck down, this novel is perfectly timed to give a closer look at the lives of people impacted by any policies or laws that ask them to compromise who they are. In The Half Life of Sgt. Jen Hunter, long-time lesbian journalist Tracy Baim takes a fictional look at this era in our nation’s history, when gays and lesbians served proudly, but quietly, risking their lives for a country that disrespected and attacked who they were. What would happen if an out lesbian journalist met a closeted military spokeswoman? Would sparks fly? Would the sergeant risk her career for love? Would the journalist compromise her ideals for a chance at happiness? What about the servicemembers on the ground in Iraq? They faced bullets and dangerous chemicals, and some came back wounded and faced the loss of their career. See what happens in this fast-paced tale of war, pride, sacrifice, and love. This story was adapted for the Chicago stage as Half Life, in 2004.
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