Like “Thembi’s Diary”, this story takes us into its characters’ world without the use of a narrator. It’s an approach that can provide exceptional immediacy. In this piece, a soldier and his wife struggle to build a life after his return from the Iraq war.

We’ve read quite a lot of stories about PTSD; we thought this a particularly useful window on the disease, its costs to victims’ emotional well-being and their ability to function in society—as Anna Mohan, the soldier’s wife, notes so eloquently at the end of the piece.

Listen to “The Effects of War on the Homefront,” by Karen Brown

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