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The Women

By Kristin Hannah

8/10
(8/10)

464 pages

What’s it about?

Frankie McGrath is just 21-years-old when she impetuously decides to follow her older brother to Vietnam as an Army nurse.  She is initially overwhelmed by the chaos, but she finds her footing and becomes indispensable to her team.  She makes friendships that will last a lifetime, but finds the transition home to be difficult at best.  This is a story about the women who served in Vietnam.

What did it make me think about?

Vietnam was the backdrop to my childhood.  I remember Walter Conkrite reading the death toll on the CBS evening news (while wearing my POW bracelet).  This story was almost like opening a time capsule from the late 1960’s to the early 1970’s.

Should I read it?

This is a page-turner for sure.  I especially enjoyed the first half of the book when Frankie is in Vietnam.  Kristin Hannah has a flare for the dramatic- which sometimes is a little too much for me. When every emotion is heightened at all times, you begin to feel a little battered down. However, all the drama makes for an easy read.  I also dawned on me that this era will not be familiar to many readers.  Kristin Hannah has taken a time in history and developed a story that will inform younger generations.  Her novel demonstrates  what the world was like for women in 1968.  It was such a tumultuous time period- and yet I had forgotten how divided the country was. Quote- “As bad as it had been in Nam, as frightened and angry and betrayed as she’d often felt by her government and the war, she’d also felt alive.  Competent and important.  A woman who made a difference in the world.  This place would forever hold a piece of her heart.  Here, she had found her place in the world, and she was afraid that ‘home’ was no longer the place she wanted it to be.”

What’s it about?

Frankie McGrath is just 21-years-old when she impetuously decides to follow her older brother to Vietnam as an Army nurse.  She is initially overwhelmed by the chaos, but she finds her footing and becomes indispensable to her team.  She makes friendships that will last a lifetime, but finds the transition home to be difficult at best.  This is a story about the women who served in Vietnam.

What did it make me think about?

Vietnam was the backdrop to my childhood.  I remember Walter Conkrite reading the death toll on the CBS evening news (while wearing my POW bracelet).  This story was almost like opening a time capsule from the late 1960’s to the early 1970’s.

Should I read it?

This is a page-turner for sure.  I especially enjoyed the first half of the book when Frankie is in Vietnam.  Kristin Hannah has a flare for the dramatic- which sometimes is a little too much for me. When every emotion is heightened at all times, you begin to feel a little battered down. However, all the drama makes for an easy read.  I also dawned on me that this era will not be familiar to many readers.  Kristin Hannah has taken a time in history and developed a story that will inform younger generations.  Her novel demonstrates  what the world was like for women in 1968.  It was such a tumultuous time period- and yet I had forgotten how divided the country was.

Quote-

“As bad as it had been in Nam, as frightened and angry and betrayed as she’d often felt by her government and the war, she’d also felt alive.  Competent and important.  A woman who made a difference in the world.  This place would forever hold a piece of her heart.  Here, she had found her place in the world, and she was afraid that ‘home’ was no longer the place she wanted it to be.”

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