Letters from Zulu

Non-Fiction - Memoir
244 Pages
Reviewed on 04/13/2016
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Author Biography

I am a Navy Wife. Letters from Zulu was a labor of love that took four and a half years to come to fruition. I worked on the book between moves around the country and raising three young children. I am honored to have recently placed at the 2016 Los Angeles Book Festival for my work.

The memoir is a true account of my time as an attorney and single mother, safe in my civilian world, when I met and fell in love with my submariner now-husband. Our new marriage inconveniently coincided with his nearly year-long deployment at sea on a fast-attack submarine.

During his time away, many events transpired, some even tragic. I was able to email "Ben" on his boat, and he in turn kept a daily journal about his life on the sub, as all I was able to hear was silence from the other end. Over the past years, I lined up the letters chronologically to tell our story from both of our perspectives. The result is Letters from Zulu.

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Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite

Letters from Zulu written by A Navy Wife chronicles the deployments of a young submariner. Being a single mom, Genevieve had already experienced some of life’s hardships. However, she had no clue what lay ahead of her when she said yes to Ben’s proposal. The memoir is an exchange of emails, journaling their unbearable time of separation and of silence. Enduring the darkness, the abyss of the sea is one thing; however, the harsh reality of extreme quiet, the ache of loneliness is another. This is a story of two people who fought for their love over time and distance. Theirs is truly an expression of love at its deepest, a love forged in the depths of the ocean.

Military life is a culture in and of itself; most cannot fathom the life it entails. A Navy Wife sheds light on the darkness of deployment in Letters from Zulu. This work expresses the highs and lows of the family unit during deployment. The words written upon these pages are raw, agonizing, painful and heroic. This narrative challenges the soul and rips apart the heart. Communication is the core to a marriage - silence is the greatest of its adversities. Only a rare form of love and devotion could sustain this type of silent separation.

I am a wife of a former Marine. My husband has spent the last few years ministering within the military culture in an attempt to prepare young men and women for what lies ahead and also in the recovery of the aftermath of service. Each serviceman is unique, as is their military experience. They do their duty, and often their family suffers as a result. I can honestly say this memoir portrays the emotional roller coaster involved during deployment. Furthermore, only a Navy Wife will understand its brutal reality. I would like to express my gratitude for your service to our country and your relentless devotion to each other.