"Soldier's Home" is the story of a young man returning from war and finding that, though the home hasn't changed, he has changed and needs to move on and find a new place to exist.
Harold Krebs returns home to Oklahoma after two years of serving overseas as a Marine in World War One. He gets back well after the drafted men have returned and been celebrated, so he gets a less intense welcome and finds that the town is uninterested in hearing what actually happened during the war. This makes him feel isolated, and he decides that he doesn't want to talk about what happened under the circumstances—because he has to lie for anyone to listen.
Krebs doesn't feel like he has the energy to break into the various social groups in town. He wants to have a girlfriend but doesn't feel like he has the energy or drive to get one. The thought of courting and having to talk to them is overwhelming.
One morning at the breakfast table, his mother asks him whether he's decided what he wants to do now. She...
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