A couple of weeks ago, I received my copy of Army Wives: The Unwritten Code of Military Marriage, by Tanya Biank.
As most of you know, Tanya's book was the inspiration for the television series, Army Wives. I began reading the book as soon as I received it, but was forced to put it down to read something else that took priority. And I assure you, I wouldn't have put this book down for any other reason. Last weekend, during a road trip, I was able to pick it up again. I devoured the book and finished reading it in a matter of hours.
We're going in reverse order here. I regret that we didn't feature Tanya's book in the SpouseBUZZ Book Club before the television series debuted. Many situations in the show would have made more sense if all of us had read the book first. The book is non-fiction, unlike the series, but it's very clear from reading the book who the characters in the television series were based upon.
We're adding Army Wives: The Unwritten Code of Military Marriage to the SpouseBUZZ Book Club. This book is a fascinating and tragic read. It centers on some dark events that took place in Fayetteville, North Carolina (Ft. Bragg) in the summer of 2002. I know some of you have already read the book, but many of you haven't, so we won't go into the specifics of the book until most of you have had a chance to read it, but I'll give you a couple of teasers. Some of the situations in the television show may have seemed far-fetched in the beginning, but they really did occur. For instance, the character that Pamela is based upon really was a surrogate mom. And, if you can believe it, the character that Chase is based upon is much, much worse than Chase. And finally, the ending is a shocker. It left me stunned.
Tanya Biank will join us September 6 on SpouseBUZZ Talk Radio to talk about her book, and the season finale of Army Wives. It's sure to be a great discussion, and one you won't want to miss. Buy the book now, read it and you can talk to Tanya live, on-air on September 6. Army Wives, the television show, is entertainment, but Army Wives, the book, is much more interesting and deserving of some discussion.