The Warrior

The Warrior

A Mother’s Story of a Son at War

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Additional Formats
  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781101024690
  • 96 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult


A “heart-rending”(Anna Quindlen, Newsweek) memoir-in-verse that speaks to a mother’s love for her son

When Frances Richey’s only child, Ben, a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Green Beret, went on the first of his two deployments to Iraq, she began to write the twenty-eight unflinching poems that make up The Warrior. This urgent and intensely personal collection describes the world of those who wait while their loved ones are in combat or perilous situations; it is universal in its expression of the longing, anguish, love, and hope that constitute close relationships.


“Even if you don’t have a son fighting in Iraq, even if you don’t read poetry, even if you think you are immune to the power of a mother’s lament-pick up this book and read it right away.”
-Stephen J. Dubner

“Powerful . . . authenticity burns in every line.”
- Chicago Tribune

“A lifeline across a deadly chasm for every reader.”
-Gloria Steinem