Home and Away

A Story of Family in a Time of War


By Nancy French

By David French

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David French, potential independent candidate for the 2016 presidential election, and his wife Nancy deliver a powerful story of what happens when a person–or rather, a family–answers the call to serve their nation.
David French picked up the newspaper in the comfort of his penthouse in Philadelphia, and read about a soldier – father of two – who was wounded in Iraq. Immediately, he was stricken with a question: Why him and not me?
David was a 37-year-old father of two, a Harvard Law graduate and president of a free speech organization. In other words, he was used to pushing pencils, not toting M16s.
His wife Nancy was raising two children and writing from home. She was worrying about field trips and playdates, not about her husband going to war.
HOME AND AWAY chronicles not just a soldier at war, but a family at war – a husband in Iraq, a wife and children at home, greeting each day with hope and fear, facing the challenge with determination, tears, and more than a little joy.


  • "Nancy French stands for everything right about red-state America: love for God, country, and Wal-Mart. She's funny, she's Southern, and she's smart. I think I'm in love! Just don't tell my wife."
    Michael Graham, radio talk show host and author of Redneck Nation: How the South Really Won the War
  • A RED STATE OF MIND shows that while you can take the girl out of the South, you can't take the South out of the girl--thank goodness. Nancy French does us GRITS (Girls Raised in the South) proud!"
    Deborah Ford, author of The GRITS Guide to Life, GRITS Friends Are Forevah, and Puttin' on the GRITS
  • "Nancy French isn't just a piercingly funny commentator on the red/blue culture wars; she's a participant. Whether it means standing up to feminist NYU classmates about her 'male-oppression' marriage or publicly shaming her daughter's Philadelphia school board for eliminating 'under God,' Nancy injects a laugh-out-loud freshness into the tired old debate."
    Shaunti Feldhahn, nationally syndicated columnist, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and author of For Women Only: What You Need to Know About the Inner Lives of Men on A Red State of Mind
  • "This husband-and-wife account of a year in wartime Iraq (2007-2008) artfully captures the mixed emotions that can accompany a loved one's decision to enlist and illustrates that friendship, hope, and humor are vital to survival...An earnest and engaging read that prompts a closer look at patriotism and citizenship, on battlefields and at home."
    Publishers Weekly

On Sale
Jul 1, 2011
Page Count
272 pages
Center Street

Nancy French

About the Author

Nancy French is a columnist for the Philadelphia City Paper, a weekly alternative newspaper (readership of 460,000), in which she addressed issues like politics, religion, and culture with a light, humorous touch. She also the cofounded and maintains the blog re:formation which has a large following and focuses on a discussion of today’s conservative Right.

David French is a captain in the United States Army Reserve. In his civilian life, he is a senior counsel of the Alliance Defense Fund and is the director of its Center for Academic Freedom. In Iraq he served as the Squadron Judge Advocate for the 2d Squadron, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment in Diyala Province, Iraq. At the conclusion of his tour, he was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service in combat operations.

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