Still Come Home
by Katey Schultz
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When the odds are stacked against you, doing everything right still might not be enough to protect yourself and the ones you love. The three characters in Katey Schultz’s novel are each searching for the best way to be, the best way to live—all the while fighting cultural, societal, and political forces far beyond their control. As their paths intersect over the span of three days, Still Come Home explores how their decisions will forever alter each other’s lives.
Aaseya, an ambitious, educated Afghan girl, struggles to walk the line between social disgrace and faith that her hometown of Imar can unharden and heal. Though she cannot bear her older husband, Rahim, a child, and she suspects her sister-in-law played a part in her family’s murder, Aaseya maintains self-reliance and dignity by rebelling against the misogyny and violence surrounding her.
Second Lieutenant Nathan Miller blames himself for the death of a soldier under his command and worries that his constant absence from his North Carolina home has permanently damaged his marriage.
When Rahim learns that the Taliban, whom he reluctantly works for, are hatching this violent plan, conflicting loyalties to country, to enduring peace, and to his young wife take all three down a road that will change their lives forever.
“Still Come Home is personal, global, tender, brutal, and deeply introspective….One of the finest works of fiction yet to come out of the Long Wars.”—Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
“A remarkable book, impressive in its breadth and depth of story, engaging with its finely drawn characters, and breathtaking in its pace.”—David Abrams, author of Brave Deeds and Fobbit
“Start reading and before you know it, you’re miles inside these characters’ lives….By the end, there is much to consider, much to hope for and wish away. Schultz’s razor-sharp syntax casts a spell that lasts through the book itself, and when it’s done, readers will long for whatever place they recognize as home, too.”—John Mauk, author of Field Notes for the Earthbound
"Still Come Home took me deep into the chasm between love of country and love of family. As I watched Schultz's characters face impossible decisions with an indomitable will to live, I started highlighting passages I really loved. Pretty soon, I was highlighting entire pages—that’s how good this is."—Desiree Cooper author of Know the Mother
“Schultz’s ability to enter into these radically different lives is nothing short of breathtaking. There is tragedy here, but also humor, moral blindness, along with deep courage. And the desert holds it all.”—Abigail DeWitt, author of News of Our Loved Ones