As a big fan of the Lifetime series “Army Wives,” I bought Under the Sabers: The Unwritten Code of Army Wives because the idea for the series was supposedly based on characters within the book, and to a certain extent, it is. Fortunately for those of us who like the series, however, the events in the series do not necessarily parallel those in the book…
Under the Sabers: The Unwritten Code of Army Wives has an almost documentary feel to it, and you don’t find yourself as drawn into the characters, I think perhaps because, in the writer’s attempt to share so many lives, you loose the intimacy and the sheer depth of hearing one or perhaps two stories.
The plot is also somewhat veiled and confusing…on the one hand, the writer is presenting a series of murders at the military installation, and on the other, details of the lives of four army wives, only one of which is related to the murders.
With respect to the television series, the Holdens, the Sherwoods, the LeBlancs, and the Morans are clearly recognizable, as are some of the events from the book carried into the plotline of the hit television series, however, if you’re a fan of the series, the book is definitely not a must read. It’s more a nice diversion… on a scale of one to ten, this one’s a seven.
Jodi Picoult’s newest book, Sing You Home, is undoubtedly one of her most riveting novels, and addresses so many issues with a finesse that will grab you and keep you hanging on her every word until the very last pages…the demise of marriage, infertility, religion, homosexuality, and what ultimately makes up a family.
Max, Zoe, Vanessa…each tells the story from a different point of view… so realistically that you’ll find yourself unable to “choose a side” in this unbelievably honest portrayal of a very timely situation.
Although I found the character of Max a little too simple minded at times, he came across as an attractive, sensitive man with grit and honesty. I could easily see and hear and understand his plight, just as I could easily hear and understand the feelings of both Zoe and Vanessa as each shared their story. Mrs. Picoult’s handling of the controversial subject of homosexual relationships and marriage is done in such a way that the reader will gain a new understanding, and a clearer view, of what was once a taboo subject in mainstream fiction. There is very little of the stereotypical couple in a gay marriage…more an open, honest portrayal of a non-traditional adult relationship between two individuals that very closely parallels the ups and downs of a traditional marriage.
Just as with Jodi Picoult’s other books, Sing You Home will not disappoint you.