The Women - Kristin Hannah

The Women

By Kristin Hannah

  • Release Date: 2024-02-06
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 5,341 Ratings

Description

A #1 bestseller on The New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times!

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 over-whelmed 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.

Reviews

  • The Women

    5
    By Kyle Moss
    This is my second Kristin Hannah book. I have always been interested in Vietnam, while this historical fiction was maybe more fiction than historical, I believe it weaves together a believable account of what lives were like at this time. Frankie’s story is beautiful, frightening, a tear-jerker that leaves you cheering for her to prevail. With enough love and romance to satisfy a woman reader, this book touches your heart. The pain and heartache of Frankie is something that drives you to keep reading; hoping and praying that her luck will change
  • The Women

    5
    By Nurses are heroes
    A grim reminder of the horrors of war and the suffering of those who lost their innocence both at home and in Southeast Asia. The women who served and who were unrecognized by the government who sent them, showed their strength and courage and continue to be an inspiration to us all. Gratitude to Kristen Hannah for telling this important story.
  • Reluctant

    5
    By K508
    At first, I was reluctant to give this book a read. I’m sure glad I decided to pursue it. It was a remarkable account of the Vietnam war from a unique perspective. Very enjoyable with an unexpected ending
  • There was a lot to like, but—

    3
    By BCF825
    The subject matter of this book is one that’s not explored enough, however, that said, I couldn’t help but feel as I read, that I was reading a condensed version of the television series, China Beach. Irish Catholic nurse impulsively joins the Army and goes to Vietnam. Upon her return, experiences the derision that so many vets faced—not just from civilians, but from fellow vets who insist there were no women in Vietnam—and turns to alcohol to numb her PTSD before she finally recovers. There are differences of course— but the similarities outweighed these and kept me from fully immersing myself in *this* story.
  • A must read!

    5
    By bebe_555
    Eye-opening and profound, this masterful, beautifully crafted story of the Vietnam War and its aftermath, as seen through the eyes and heart of a young, volunteer Army nurse, is simultaneously gut-wrenching, heartbreaking, beautiful and deeply inspiring.
  • Very engaging novel

    5
    By The Wild Fiend
    I liked the way she began and told the story and I hated when it was finished. One of the best books I’ve read in a long time.
  • Wow

    5
    By chriso289
    Wow. I have been an avid reader for many years and this is one of the best books i have ever read. Wow just wow.
  • Delivers again.

    5
    By trbyankees
    Amazing page turner. Incredible to see the point of view of The Woman in Vietnam and the after life.
  • Excellent - could t put it down

    5
    By ggboston
    Excellent. Couldn’t put it down. Heart wrenching - a great read
  • Read This!

    5
    By Uncbree
    As someone whose stepfather served 2 tours in Vietnam and talked about his experiences, this book made me proud of his service even more. What a way to honor all those vets and give credence to the women’s roles. Exceptional.