American Wife: Love, War, Faith and Renewal by Taya Kyle
Not to confuse with American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld which is another novel I greatly enjoyed, but this autobiography is a very different kind of story.
This book is written simply, somewhat haphazardly, and not particularly noteworthy in a literary sense. However, Kyle’s story is nothing short of breathtaking.
I have seen American Sniper with Bradley Cooper but did not pick up the book that inspired the movie. I remember sitting in the theater watching this with my husband who was probably three or four years past his honorable discharge from the US Army and feeling emotions that I hadn’t felt since our Army years.
While the Kyle’s story is more glamorous than a traditional service member’s, there are still familiar veins regardless of the personal journey through post 9/11 military service. Taya Kyle’s novel brought it all back plus some since her experience would naturally be more similar to mine than Chris Kyle’s.
However, her story ends tragically, and the autobiography details how she claws her way back from her loss. I loved relating to her military experience in the first part of the book, but I do think the second half could have used a little trimming. Taya Kyle’s resilience amazed and awed me.
If you love reading about personal stories, especially personal success and faith stories, this is an easy, moving read. If you prefer a polished, well written literary piece or would find yourself overly emotional reading about military life – i.e. current military spouses – then skip this one.
Do you need a book to have it all or can you enjoy a book that manages to do 1 or 2 things really well?