When You Come Home

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ISBN 978-1-931896-47-4
Publication Date
November 2008
Page Count
288 pages
Trim Size
5.6 x 8.6

When You Come Home

Nora Eisenberg

When You Come Home is both a timeless love story and a timely political novel set in the year after the 1991 Gulf War. In the Gulf sands, surrounded by death and danger, marine reservist Anthony Bravo has thought only of Lily, the feisty orphan raised in his home. When he returns, their childhood affection flames into passionate love. Both have lost fathers to the Vietnam War, but now, safe and settled, they rejoice that war and loss are behind them at last. Or, so it seems. Soon Tony’s best friend, a career marine, suffers fevers and strange symptoms . . .

Blending war and politics with a human story, When You Come Home takes up a topic rare in American fiction, the First Gulf War and Gulf War syndrome, the disabling illness that followed a third of the troops home.

About the Author

Nora Eisenberg is the author of two novels, The War at Home and Just the Way You Want Me. She holds a PhD from Columbia University and currently directs the City University of New York's Faculty Publication Program. Her short stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in The Village Voice, The Partisan Review, Tikkun, The Los Angeles Times, and The Guardian UK. She lives in New York City and Narrowsburg, NY. 

"In 1991, troops sent to Iraq for the first Gulf War returned home with a litany of physical, neurological, and psychological symptoms that collectively became known as Gulf War syndrome. Eisenberg bravely sheds light on the resultant devastation suffered by one small group of friends and their families...In a story that is, sadly, as pertinent as it is ageless, Eisenberg poignantly demonstrates that casualties of war occur both on and off the battlefield and ironically illustrates the vivid consequences when those in charge of veterans' postwar care fail to meaningfully 'support our troops'"


"A principled and beautifully written call to reason, to action, and to why we must embrace peace." 

—Camilo Mejía

"Nora Eisenberg uses her estimable talent to explore the human cost of modern war."

—Robert Olen Butler