I was born Victoria Freeman Dukehart in Baltimore, Maryland in 1970, when Richard M. Nixon was President, US troops invaded Cambodia, The Beatles broke up, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin died, Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and John Updike’s Bech: A Book were published, George C. Scott won the Best Actor Oscar for his turn as General Patton but refused the gold statuette, and the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Cincinnati Reds in the World Series (4-1). I received my Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in creative writing from Skidmore College. I live in West Palm Beach with my husband, daughter, two big dogs, and two cheeky cats.
Say the words "Army wife," and what often comes to mind is the image of a teary-eyed woman running to hug her returning combat soldier-husband or a caricature based on a slickly produced reality TV show. The Immortals is different. This stunning first novel full of emotion addresses the truth of the female predicament -- the unsung heroes who are left behind on the home front of war. We experience the love and challenges between husband and wife, we feel the closeness of mother and daughter, and we bond with the most unlikely of women.