"Hauntingly spare and shimmeringly powerful, Tsetsi's book does what the best books do--it hurls you into a world you may only think you know or understand, and makes it living, breathing and absolutely engrossing." -Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You
"I smell yoru shirt sometimes, but not foten," Mia writes, those slurred keyboard strokes the only connection to her deployed boyfriend, whom she sees everywhere and nowhere in their small military town. A former English professor, Mia passes the time working as a cab driver, mulling over the intricacies of her encounters with others who are affected by the war: her dramatic future mother in-law, who eats bad news for breakfast; a charismatic alcoholic who may have been a medic in Vietnam; a pragmatic but secretive longtime Army wife; and a soldier who found a way to stay home. Pretty Much True... is the war story that's seldom told-the loss and love in every hour of deployment, and a painfully intimate portrait of lives spent waiting in the spaces between.
"Kristen J. Tsetsi tells a war story unlike anything readers have experienced." - Molly Calahan, the Journal Inquirer
"Tsetsi's talents shine throughout the novel, and she reveals herself to be the rare sort of writer who can satisfy both emotionally and intellectually. Pretty Much True... is a moving novel whose emotional and intellectual complexity demands much of the reader but offers much more in return."--Small Press Reviews
"There are few stories written from the point of view of a loved one back home waiting, and waiting some more, not knowing if or how the soldier will return home. Perhaps that's because so few have found an interesting way to write such a story, but that has changed, thanks to Kristen Tsetsi." - Carol Hoenig, the Huffington Post
"A powerful novel with wonderful echoes of Vietnam and our country's tortured response to that war." - Paul Griner, author of The German Woman