Tommy spent more than a year deployed
with his National Guard unit in Iraq, but even though he is
back Tommy finds that his old life doesn’t fit him like it
used to. Tommy’s relationship with Graham is one of the
things that is going to have to change, but will Graham
understand that Tommy’s attitude about life has changed by his
brush with death?
Graham spent a year sending care packages
and letters to the National Guard unit from his hometown.
Tommy, the Captain of his unit got his share of letters and
packages from Graham, but wrote back only once. Now Tommy’s
back and Graham is waiting for Tommy to make the first move
like always. But after two months and no Tommy, Graham is
beginning to think that he has lost his lover and best
friend. Will he be able to reach out and get Tommy back and
adjust to the changes war has wrought on Tommy?
The Lincoln County Wars
takes a good look at the effects of war on the soldiers once
they are home and how their experiences change them
irrevocably. Both Tommy and Graham are stereotypical males in
their reluctance to give voice to their feelings and letting
their actions speak for them. The story about Tommy, Graham
and their town is unexpectedly simple, yet strikes a cord that
we can all relate to even if we have no first hand experience
with a loved one coming back from the front-lines of the
current war. I found the characters unexpectedly lingering in
my mind, which is always a sign of a good book. While
The Lincoln County Wars is not light-hearted, it is a
good read nonetheless.