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“A riveting and tender portrait of what we lose in war, even when our loved ones are returned to us, and the emotional battle a wife must wage to bring her husband back to her. Erin Celello truly understands the human heart; the way we bend, the way we break, and especially the way we heal.”

—Erika Marks, author of The Mermaid Collector

Learning to Stay is a compelling novel about a soldier who returns from Iraq a much different man than the one who first deployed and the wife poised between staying in this suddenly volatile relationship or forging ahead on her own. As a army spouse, I am grateful for Erin Celello’s dedication to revealing ‘the hidden wounds of war’ and how they impact our military and their families.”

—Siobhan Fallon, author of You Know When the Men Are Gone