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The Women: A Novel by Kristin Hannah
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The Women: A Novel (original 2024; edition 2024)

by Kristin Hannah (Author)

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"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."--… (more)
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Title:The Women: A Novel
Authors:Kristin Hannah (Author)
Info:St. Martin's Press (2024), Edition: First Edition, 480 pages
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Rating:****1/2
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The Women by Kristin Hannah (2024)

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Spectacular audiobook narration by Julia Whelan.
Young Frankie McGraw enlists in the Army Nurse Corps and goes to Vietnam with very little experience or knowledge of what she’s getting into! Heartbreaking, gripping and informative.. I loved it! ( )
  JRlibrary | May 27, 2024 |
Almost 5 stars, but I've read enough of her books to be able to predict what the characters will do, but still a real pageturner! She manages to capture the period and setting during this beautiful yet horrific scene in Vietnam during the war along with the unappreciated contirbutions of the young men & women over there. The story of women & nurses before, during, and after. took so appallingly long to come out and she tells it so darn well! Read it! ( )
  EllenH | May 24, 2024 |
This was a good book...but for me not great...Too long and repetitive and over the board drama... ( )
  ReedaPNR | May 23, 2024 |
Again just a block buster of a book for Kristen Hannah. I experienced the Vietnam War up close due to having a brother go over and get sent home with grenade shrapnel from head to toe. So with that being said and the fact our immediate family have MANY nurses including 2 male nurses, it was great to hear the story told from the view of the only women over there. Read the book! ( )
  mchwest | May 22, 2024 |
“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) ( )
  chapterthree | May 19, 2024 |
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Reading Hannah’s books may be a masochistic pastime, but it’s also a hugely popular one. “The Nightingale,” “The Four Winds,” “The Great Alone,” “Firefly Lane”: Her books are such reliable bestsellers that her publisher is betting big on “The Women” with an initial printing of 1 million copies. If Kleenex doesn’t come up with a tie-in campaign, it’s leaving money on the table.... I read “The Women” while hugging an emotional-support pillow and trying to divine which characters would be sacrificed. Hannah’s protective instincts toward her protagonists are on par with George R.R. Martin’s. But even if Frankie made it out alive, I knew there would be many more who wouldn’t.... while it destroyed me, it also awoke something that was — and continues to be — in short supply: empathy. It gave me a new appreciation for what everyday people from the past endured; it also gave me perspective for how my own micro-tragedies fit into the larger framework of history. Hannah tells the stories of real but unsung heroes, and when you consider that, the price of a few sobs seems relatively small.
added by Lemeritus | editWashington Post, Stephanie Merry (pay site) (Feb 9, 2024)
 
A few chapters into “The Women,” I experienced a wave of déjà vu — and it wasn’t just the warm Tab and the creme rinse. If you grew up in the 1980s, the Vietnam redemption arc was imprinted on your gray matter by a stampede of young novelists and filmmakers coming to grips with their foundational trauma: patriotic innocence shattered by the barbarity of jungle warfare; the return home to a hostile nation; the chasm of despair and addiction; and finally, the healing power of activism.... Kristin Hannah takes up the Vietnam epic and re-centers the story on the experience of women — in this instance, the military nurses who worked under fire, on bases and in field hospitals, to patch soldiers back together. Or not.... Hannah’s real superpower is her ability to hook you along from catastrophe to catastrophe, sometimes peering between your fingers, because you simply cannot give up on her characters. If the story loses a little momentum after Frankie completes her second tour — slingshot to the finish by a series of occasionally strained plot twists — well, isn’t that the way it went for so many veterans returning home? Without the imperatives of war, you stumble along until you find your way.
added by Lemeritus | editNew York Times, Beatriz Williams (pay site) (Feb 1, 2024)
 
The first half of the book, set in gore-drenched hospital wards, mildewed dorm rooms, and boozy officers’ clubs, is an exciting read, tracking the transformation of virginal, uptight Frankie into a crack surgical nurse and woman of the world..... In the second part of the book, after the war, Frankie seems to experience every possible bad break. A drawback of the story is that none of the secondary characters in her life are fully three-dimensional: Her dismissive, chauvinistic father and tight-lipped, pill-popping mother, her fellow nurses, and her various love interests are more plot devices than people. You’ll wish you could have gone to Vegas and placed a bet on the ending—while it’s against all the odds, you’ll see it coming from a mile away. A dramatic, vividly detailed reconstruction of a little-known aspect of the Vietnam War.
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This war has . . . stretched the generation gap so wide that it threatens to pull the country apart.

—FRANK CHURCH
In a country where youth is adored, we lost ours before we were out of our twenties. We learned to accept death there, and it erased our sense of immortality. We met our human frailties, the dark side of ourselves, face-to-face . . . The war destroyed our faith, betrayed our trust, and dropped us outside the mainstream of our society. We still don't fully belong. I wonder if we ever will.

—WINNIE SMITH
AMERICAN DAUGHTER GONE TO WAR
Dedication
This novel is dedicated to the courageous women who served in Vietnam. These women, most of them nurses and many of them raised on proudly told family stories of World War II heroism, heeded their country's call to arms and went to war. In too many instances, they came home to a country that didn't care about their service and a world that didn't want to hear about their experiences; their post-war struggles and their stories were too often forgotten or marginalized. I am proud to have this opportunity to shine a light on their strength, resilience, and grit.
And to all veterans and POW/MIA and their families, who have sacrificed so much.
And finally, to the medical personnel who fought the pandemic and gave so much of themselves to help others.
Thank you.
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The walled and gated McGrath estate was a world unto itself, protected and private.
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Words were creators of worlds; you had to be careful with them.
War was full of goodbyes, and most of them never really happened; you were always too early or too late.
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"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."--

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