A Memoir

Teresa Fazio

A woman Marine officer's story of coming of age.
Publication date:
November 2020
Publisher :
Potomac Books, Inc.
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ISBN : 9781640123557

Dimensions : 216 X 140 mm
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Dimensions : 229 X 159 mm


• Firsthand account of a young woman coming to terms with femininity in a war zone
• Highlights the diversity of experiences in today's military
• A very raw and honest telling of life in the military that avoids typical Hollywood stereotypes of war

In 1998 Teresa Fazio signed up for the Marine Corps' ROTC program to pay her way through MIT. After the U.S was attacked on September 11, 2001, leading to the War on Terror, she graduated with a physics degree into a very different world, owing the Marines four years of active duty. At twenty-three years old and five-foot-one, Fazio was the youngest and smallest officer in her battalion; the combined effect of her short hair, glasses, and baggy camo was less Hurt Locker than Harry Potter Goes to War. She cut an incongruous figure commanding more experienced troops in an active war zone, where vulnerability was not only taboo, but potentially lethal.

In this coming-of-age story set in the early days of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fazio struggles with her past, her sense of authority, and her womanhood. Anger stifles her fear and uncertainty. A forbidden affair placates her need for love and security. But emptiness, guilt, and nightmares plague Fazio through her deployment - and follow her back home.