DON’T CRY FOR ME
A soldier coming home to the real world, suffering from PTSD, still looking for love but almost afraid to accept its offer, makes this a tender, tough and realistic look at what life offers to homeward-bound warriors. Sala’s parallel storyline of a people willing to do anything it takes to survive on the mountain in an uncertain economy twists easily together in a suspenseful, emotional ride.
Badly wounded in active duty in Afghanistan, Mariah Conrad has come to Rebel Ridge to heal at the behest of Quinn Walker. With no family, few friends and no place to call home, Mariah is grateful to Quinn, her ex-lover and soldier-in-arms. Trying to find her way back to the real world, Mariah also has to deal with her feelings for Quinn and his large and loving family. But she’s having flashbacks, hearing helicopter noises in the night. Those sounds are more than just the signs of PTSD — they’re real and the harbinger of danger on the mountain, with no guarantee that this time she and Quinn will walk away. (MIRA, Oct., 400 pp., $7.99)