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The Women

By: Kristin Hannah
Narrated by: Julia Whelan,Kristin Hannah
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From the celebrated author of The Nightingale and The Four Winds comes Kristin Hannah's The Women—at once an intimate portrait of coming of age in a dangerous time and an epic tale of a nation divided.

Women can be heroes. When twenty-year-old nursing student Frances “Frankie” McGrath hears these words, it is a revelation. Raised in the sun-drenched, idyllic world of Southern California and sheltered by her conservative parents, she has always prided herself on doing the right thing. But in 1965, the world is changing, and she suddenly dares to imagine a different future for herself. When her brother ships out to serve in Vietnam, she 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. Each day is a gamble of life and death, hope and betrayal; friendships run deep and can be shattered in an instant. In war, she meets—and becomes one of—the lucky, the brave, the broken, and the lost.

But war is just the beginning for Frankie and her veteran friends. The real battle lies in coming home to a changed and divided America, to angry protesters, and to a country that wants to forget Vietnam.

The Women is the story of one woman gone to war, but it shines a light on all women who put themselves in harm’s way and whose sacrifice and commitment to their country has too often been forgotten. A novel about deep friendships and bold patriotism, The Women is a richly drawn story with a memorable heroine whose idealism and courage under fire will come to define an era.

©2024 Kristin Hannah (P)2024 Macmillan Audio

Interview: Kristin Hannah’s "The Women" spotlights our complicated memory of the Vietnam War.

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Cue the ugly crying
Kristin Hannah has the unique ability to take a well-known historical event and intimately weave it with such a deeply human story that it turns everything you thought you knew on its head. In The Women, Hannah pays tribute to the nurses who served in the Vietnam War, using her heroine Frankie McGrath as a vessel. Frankie begins the story as a naive young woman, full of misplaced optimism, but quickly becomes the sort of steady and focused nurse you’d want in your corner. I love Frankie. I feel like I know Frankie. And as I’ve come to expect with Kristin Hannah, each time Frankie’s heart got broken—whether it was in war, in love, or in homecoming—mine did as well. The incomparable Julia Whelan performs this sweeping and poignant novel that has settled in my chest and refuses to leave, even though it’s been weeks now since I heard the final words. — Audible Editor, Katie O.

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Very moving

This is such an amazing book. I think so many have forgotten our history and this is an important read. My dad did 3 tours in Vietnam and was a special forces paratrooper. He was in a helicopter crash and was honorably discharged. I used to touch his scars from the crash and ask him what happened. Most of the time he couldn’t speak. My mom told me not to ask him again and she told me. He still has nightmares and the lasting effects of agent orange on his body have been horrible. My prayers and gratitude go out to all veterans and their families.

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Kristin Hannah Knocked it Out of the Park

Kristin Hannah Knocked it Out of the Park with this one. It is evident the amount of research she put into this book. The emotional swings in this book sure pulled at my heart strings. I cried happy and sad tears. Vietnam was such a difficult time for the men & women that served. Coming home was not what it should have been, especially for the women nurses over there. I remember my POW bracelet from grade school and the upheaval that was happening in our country. She captured both what was happening in Vietnam and here in the US splendidly. I am a reader and not a writer, I am struggling to find the words with how this book left impacted me. Bravo! Bravo! Bravo! For anyone from or with connections to Missoula, MT there is a small portion about my hometown were I am proud to live.

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Phenomenal

Wow! I was in high school when Frankie went to Vietnam I was there for the riots, protests. This was an amazing recount of those times. Thank you Kristin.

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Great story

I’m a huge fan of Kristin Hannah and Julia Whelan. I never write reviews but this was a phenomenal book. I’ve been waiting for this book to come out for months. It’s an awesome story about kick-ass women and the hardship of the Vietnam War - before, during, after. Listening to the post-war experiences in this story was also incredible.

I love Kristin Hannah’s historical fiction. She is consistently great. And Julia Whelan could narrate the dictionary and I’d listen. I anticipate I’ll be re-listening to this book because it’s such a powerful, engaging story.

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Excellent ☆☆☆☆☆

A moving historically accurate and moving account of Vietnam and the trauma it caused to one of our heros, a woman, of that sad time. A must for everyone to read and understand what it was like to be a woman at that time. And what it was like, and still is for our veterans.

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A history and characters that keep the reader interested and caring

A well written history of the role of Army nurses particular both sacrifes during the Vietnam War and their troubles upon return to an ungrateful nation. A fantastic read

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Thank you to the Women of Vietnam

It was eye opening. The story line was fabulous, always a twist at the end. So heartbreaking how the women were forgotten. Strong young girls who had to become women before there time. God Bless!

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Goosebumps

I rarely write reviews, but this was amazing and I have to. For someone who was very young during the Vietnam war I don’t remember much, but I do remember young men who I know serving. I also remember going to a friends house. I’ll need to see her two fallen brothers pictures on the wall in their living room. This book made me cry and I’m not a crier and I highly recommend it. Thank you for writing this story, and for never forgetting.

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THE Best

My favorite KH! I was in my 30’s during this era and part of a military family. Author covers all aspects of society with this book. The characters are spot on! The government exposed. The lack of support for returning vets. It’s all here. Listen, learn, remember.

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I already know this will be the best book of 2024 and it’s only February. It doesn’t matter what mood you’re in, this book is it.

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