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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
We read a lot of war memoirs from those who have been at the front, but what happens to those left behind? In Home Front: A Memoir from WWII, C.D. Peterson chronicles life in a rural community just before, during, and after the war, following the compelling voice of Douglas, a young boy growing up on a farm. The earliest memories the narrator has are from December 7th, 1941, and while being introduced to names like Hitler, Roosevelt, and getting to know places like Iwo Jima and Monte Cassino, there was a camaraderie and bonding shared because of the common threat of war. Some children saw their fathers go off to fight; others saw their mothers working in factories. This memoir documents the atmosphere during this time and captures the soul of a people and how life would change drastically after the war.
C.D. Peterson is a terrific writer and readers will undoubtedly enjoy the beautiful and compelling voice of the narrator. Told in the first-person narrative, Home Front captures the sentiments of people, the fears and hopes of those left behind and how WWII changed a family forever. The writing is cinematic and clear, featuring unique phraseology. The setting comes out beautifully in the narrative and readers can situate themselves in a rural community with little technology and no cellphones. Home Front: A Memoir from WWII allows readers to understand and touch the soul of a people during the painful time of war. It is a mesmerizing story in the hands of a master.