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Author: Kristin Hannah
Format: Trade Paperback C Format
Publication date: 29/02/2024
Imprint: PAN BOOKS
ISBN: 9781035005680

‘Astonishing. Compelling. Powerful’ – Delia Owens, bestselling author of Where the Crawdads Sing

‘Stuns with sacrifice. Uplifts with heroism’ – Bonnie Garmus, Number One worldwide bestselling author of Lessons in Chemistry

From the worldwide bestselling author of The Four Winds, The Nightingale and Firefly Lane (a Number One series on Netflix), The Women is a story of devastating loss and epic love. It is both an intimate portrait of a woman coming of age in a dangerous time and a story of a nation divided by war.

It would be the journey of a lifetime . . .

‘Women can be heroes, too’. When twenty-year-old nursing student, Frances \”Frankie\” McGrath, hears these unexpected words, it is a revelation. Raised on California’s 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 path for her life. When her brother ships out to serve in Vietnam, she impulsively joins the Army Nurses Corps and follows his path.

As green and inexperienced as the young 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 America. Frankie will also discover the true value of female friendship and the heartbreak that love can cause.

The Women is the story of one woman who goes 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 been all too often forgotten. A novel of searing insight and lyrical beauty, The Women is a profoundly emotional, richly drawn story with a memorable heroine whose extraordinary idealism and courage under fire define an era.

Praise for Kristin Hannah:

‘Powerful and compelling’ Christy Lefteri, bestselling author of The Beekeeper of Aleppo

‘You would be hard-pressed to find a book club that has not discussed one of her novels’ New York Times

‘A rich, compelling novel of love, sacrifice and survival’ – Kate Morton

‘A masterclass’ – Karen Swan

‘Powerful’ – Matt Haig

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Dimensions 234 × 153 mm

1 review for Women

  1. Sue Reid

    Some books leave you wrecked and ruined with several tissues by your side…this is one.
    It’s time to meet Frankie, Ethel and Barb – Vietnam War combat nurses. Courageous, exceptionally skilled serving prolonged hours of shifts. The incoming helicopters with wounded keep coming and their surgical skills are finely honed. All the extremes – heat, wounds, losses, rec time with alcohol to wash away the war chaos from their mind. Friendships forged are a lifesaving bond. But on return to the USA they are scorned, ignored without welcome. They are broken, traumatised, bewildered and exhausted but denied care, understanding and wise counsel. “There weren’t no women in ‘Nam mam”… it took too long for effective medical practice to respond to the unique stresses and trauma the veterans carried. It wasn’t until 1993, a sculpture was unveiled finally honouring The Women.

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