Three generations of veterans struggle with the aftermath of war in Be Safe I Love You. The novel's central character is Lauren Clay, who returns from Iraq with gifts for her young brother, an impossible plan, and a story that doesn't match up with the one she reported on her discharge paperwork. PJ, her father's friend and a Vietnam vet, tries to help Lauren through her rocky adjustment even though he knows how monumental the task is. And Desert Storm veteran Patrick nurses his grudges against the world that doesn't understand him, dangerously close to an unimaginable outlash.
Be Safe I Love You takes a strangely lyrical tone to its traumatic subject matter, dipping into the minds of Lauren, her family and friends, and others who come in contact with her as they struggle with the world around them. The effects of PTSD are evoked from the viewpoint of characters who don't realize they're experiencing it, but the novel also shows the effects of small-town poverty and hopelessness, and a kernel of optimism that might save them nonetheless. - Michelle (Sunset)