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Kristin Hannah

Author of The Nightingale

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About the Author

Kristin Hannah was born in Southern California in September 1960. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked in an advertising agency and practiced law in Seattle. Hannah and her mom began writing a novel together when her mother was suffering from cancer. When her mother died, she put the show more draft away and continued to practice law. While pregnant with her son, and on bed rest, she took out the draft that she and her mother had written and began to write in earnest. Her draft was done by the time she gave birth. In 1990, she became a published writer and has been writing ever since. She has won numerous awards including the Golden Heart, the Maggie and 1996 National Reader's Choice award. In 2004, she won the Rita Award for Best Novel: Between Sisters. Her title Winter Garden made the New York Times Bestseller List for 2011. Many of Hannah's other titles have made the New York Times Bestsellers List since then including: Night Road, Home Again, Home Front, Fly Away, The Nightingale, Comfort and Joy, True Colours, and The Great Alone. She has written a series entitled Girls of Firefly Lane which includes the books, Firefly Lane, and Fly Away. Two of her books are being made into feature films, The Nightingale, and Home Front. (Bowker Author Biography) show less


Works by Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale (2015) 9,881 copies
The Great Alone (2018) 4,995 copies
Firefly Lane (2008) 4,838 copies
The Four Winds (2021) 4,031 copies
Winter Garden (2010) 3,488 copies
Night Road (2011) 2,466 copies
Magic Hour (2006) 2,151 copies
True Colors (2009) 2,127 copies
Home Front (2012) 1,651 copies
On Mystic Lake (1999) 1,616 copies
Between Sisters (2003) 1,495 copies
Summer Island (2001) 1,439 copies
Fly Away (2013) 1,392 copies
The Things We Do for Love (2004) 1,338 copies
Angel Falls (2000) 1,284 copies
The Women (2024) 1,238 copies
Distant Shores: A Novel (1996) 1,099 copies
Comfort & Joy (2005) 926 copies
Home Again (1996) 839 copies
If You Believe (1993) 329 copies
Waiting for the Moon (1995) 316 copies
Once in Every Life (1992) 284 copies
When Lightning Strikes (1994) 212 copies
The Enchantment (1992) 125 copies
A Handful of Heaven (1991) 107 copies
The Glass Case (1998) 100 copies
Another Life (2023) 29 copies
Harvest Hearts (1993) 18 copies
Summer Love Omnibus (2003) 3 copies
Redemption 2 copies
With Love (2002) 1 copy
Gdzie poniesie wiatr (2021) 1 copy
Pomiedzy siostrami (2021) 1 copy
Een tijd van loslaten (2017) 1 copy

Associated Works

Grand Central: Original Stories of Postwar Love and Reunion (2014) — Introduction — 128 copies
Stories from Suffragette City (2020) — Introduction — 87 copies
Reader's Digest Select Editions 2007 v02 #290 (2007) — Contributor — 19 copies


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An Author Interview with Kristin Hannah in Talk about LibraryThing (February 5)
deaf woman, dies too early, given choice of new body in Name that Book (September 2015)


“Kristin Hannah tackles one of the most cruel and despicable wars of the century, the Vietnam War. The Women reveals the powerful contributions and horrific sacrifices of the American military nurses who served in a war whose agencies refused to acknowledge that they were even there. Perhaps no words can bring closure to a nation still ashamed of booing our returning heroes, but the heroine stirs a deep, overdue compassion and tears for every single soldier and especially the forgotten women who sacrificed so much.” By Delia Owens (Where the Crawdads Sing)… (more)
chapterthree | 79 other reviews | May 19, 2024 |
I've always been a Kristin Hannah fan and I knew this book wouldn't disappoint. A lot of people call 1960s historical fiction and to me it is since it's an era I grew up in but paying much attention to the Vietnam War but of course knew about it since I was young.

Like she said, women can be heroes too but back then, it was earning your degree to be a M.R.S. Or being a nurse, secretary, etc. Frankie wanted to be like her brother and go to Vietnam. She earned her nursing degree early. Only the Army would accept her.

I have no words to describe this book and what Frankie and her best friends, also nurses, Barb and Ethel who she met there and all the other doctors, etc., went through. It was not an easy read as all war books and tragedies that occur in real life. It was an eye opening book and I felt I lived them unfortunately through their eyes and others there. You bet I cried a lot especially Frankie's life after Nam was no picnic with her emotions and no one accepting her as a “real” nurse and Barb and Ethel were always there for her and each other even though they all lived in different states all over the U.S. Even years later.

I cried at the ending of course.
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sweetbabyjane58 | 79 other reviews | May 19, 2024 |
Not my usual cup of tea (loaned) but quite gripping, even while parts are predictable.
Abcdarian | 67 other reviews | May 18, 2024 |
Our main character Frankie, who grew up on Coronado Island CA where military service was the norm, wants to be recognized for her her two tours of duty in Vietnam in a MASH unit. It’s the mid ‘60s and her father is angry that she joined the army and isn’t following the path of well brought up women. Excellent story of the rise of feminism, women in the service though everyone said women didn’t go to Vietnam and the trauma of recovery upon returning home where she was told to just forget about the war and what she experienced. Nicely nuanced characters balanced in a historically accurate story line.… (more)
bblum | 79 other reviews | May 15, 2024 |


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