Soldier Girls follows the lives of three women on their paths to the military. These women, who are quite different in every way, become friends, and we watch their interaction and also what happens when they are separated. We see their families, their lovers, their spouses, their children. We see them work extremely hard, deal with the attentions of men on base and in war zones, and struggle to stay connected to their families back home. We see some of them drink too much, have illicit affairs, and react to the deaths of fellow soldiers. And we see what happens to one of them when the truck she is driving hits an explosive in the road, blowing it up. She survives, but her life may never be the same again.
©2014 Helen Thrope (P)2014 Dreamscape Media, LLC
".... a solid chunk of American history...." - (The New York Times Book Review)
Starred review. ".... this visceral narrative illuminates the role of women in the military...." (Publishers Weekly)
"With a novelist's perception of character, drama, and telling detail, Helen Thorpe magically weaves together the stories of three very different but equally compelling women soldiers. Taken together, their stories provide an intimate window on life in the military, the impact of war, and the difficult transition to home. This is an absolutely terrific and important work." (Doris Kearns Goodwin)
I have a more clear understanding of my partner's military and war experiences. I learned so much about the total picture of what war does to people and their family members.
When one of the characters (don't want to spoil it for another listener)continued to grow and did not give up on her goal of pursing higher education.
Desma- I want to thank her for sharing her story.
That the National Guard is under appreciated big time in our country. As Americans we owe them a huge debt.Grateful that therapists can make such a huge difference in the lives of veterans.
Should be required reading for anyone who loves a veteran. This book was life changing for me in my understanding of my partner's war experiences.Proud to be a Hoosier.
You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis
It took me awhile to get into the book but it was worth the journey. I didn't care for some of the language. Donna Postel was a great reader and the book is good. The insight into the war in Afganistan was very interesting. And it sounded crazy that they are sending 50 year olds to war. When I was in the marines 30 years ago, The top age was 28.
I loved this book, how well-rounded it was, detailing the optinions and thoughts and experiences of three female soldiers from vastly different backgrounds - those who fell apart, those who kept it together. While it is a unique look at female soldiers, this quite conceivably could have, for the most part, detailed the morale of any group of soldiers fighting in these wars.
The narrator and the author seemed to team up and deliver a compulsively readable package! I loved Thorpe's "Just Like Us" and was thrilled that she wrote another book.
Well worth your time and credit.
I would recommend it. It has a good story with soul and the narrator did a decent job.
When the 2nd tour came up and they had to go again, separated.
Conference of Women
I didn't love the ending. I wish it would have been deeper, more girth, more something. It just ended with so many lose ends. Characters were forgotten about and since it is based on real life...it leaves you hanging.
I could not stop listening, was drawn into these women's lives and stories. Several veterans in my family, and I'm very interested in speaking to them about their experiences. Wonderful narrator, she did an excellent job portraying the individual women and their stories. Absolutely recommend.
Soldier Girls puts both wars and our military involvement in human terms. It is triumph and tragedy. I hope the twenty something's will read this book to gain insight into the distance between those making life and death decisions and those who carry them out. Also the reader had the right tone for the story.
In depth reporting on personal and psychological evolution of subjects told with respect, affection and wisdom.
As the granddaughter of a WWI Army veteran, daughter of a WWII Navy pilot and sister of two Air Force Academy graduates, my exposure to military life was always second-hand and masculine. Military service runs in my family including uncles and cousins. All male. This well-written book offered a different and valuable perspective.
Well worth listening or reading...
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