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Book of the Month - "The Women"


The missing. The forgotten. The brave… The women. Women can be heroes, too. When twenty-year-old nursing student Frances “Frankie” McGrath hears these unexpected words, it is a revelation. Raised on idyllic Coronado Island and sheltered by her conservative parents, she has always prided herself on doing the right thing, being a good girl. But in 1965 the world is changing, and she suddenly imagines a different choice for her life. When her brother ships out to serve in Vietnam, she impulsively joins the Army Nurse Corps and follows his path.

As green and inexperienced as the men sent to Vietnam to fight, Frankie is overwhelmed by the chaos and destruction of war, as well as the unexpected trauma of coming home to a changed and politically divided America. The Women is the story of one woman gone to war, but it shines a light on the story of all women who put themselves in harm’s way to help others. Women whose sacrifice and commitment to their country has all too often been forgotten. A novel of searing insight and lyric beauty, The Women is a profoundly emotional, richly drawn story with a memorable heroine whose extraordinary idealism and courage under fire define a generation.

My review:

The Women captured my attention from the first few pages in a beautifully tragic story that kept me hooked throughout the story.Frances "Frankie" McGrath is a character whose humanity and integrity stuck with me long after finishing the book. Frankie's character evolved greatly from the start of the novel as she wrestled with discovering her vocation in the midst of the horrors of war.I adored Frankie and this book. The topic is such an important read both for portraying the Vietnam War era in a light that I have never experienced, as well as in retelling the history to include the women patriots who served their fellow countrymen.Kristin Hannah's research into the time period exposed many aspects that I was previously unaware. Frankie's story was vividly portrayed in this historical setting.Highly recommended for reader of all types! You won't want to put it down!


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