This is a wonderful, easy to read, memoir.
When I first started reading it, I forgot it was a memoir, it read so much like the prose of a novel. Once I was reminded that it is a true story, it was all the more meaningful. What a story Tyra had to tell. I’m so glad she told it. It’s good for people to read about what military families endured and continue to endure due to deployments and war. Tyra is very open about the mental illness she dealt with. I’m so glad she was open about and and was able to write so clearly about what it felt like to be drowning in depression and anxiety. This is a great read.
This is the story of a young military spouse dealing with her husband going off to war while she struggles to deal with depression and anxiety while worrying about the care of her young daughter.
In this beautifully written, poignant memoir, Tyra Manning recounts how she was able to persevere in the face of devastating loss. With courage, love, and determination, she overcame her grief and fulfilled promises she made to Larry before he left for Vietnam. She ultimately earned a doctorate of education from the University of Kansas and became one of the nation’s top school superintendents.
When Tyra received a call from the air force in 2006, she was able to keep one last promise to Larry. His remains had finally been excavated after thirty-five years, and she was able to honor his wish to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Where the Water Meets the Sand explores themes of loss, depression, addiction, courage, and love and offers hope to individuals and families who have also dealt with the loss of someone close to them.