Soldier Girls

The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (15.92 hours)
Product Number: Z100101400
Released: Aug 10, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781633791985
Narrator/s: Donna Postel
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"From an award-winning, "meticulously observant" (The New Yorker), and "masterful" (Booklist) writer comes a groundbreaking account of three women deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq, and how their military service affected their friendship, their personal lives, and their families. America has been continuously at war since the fall of 2001. This has been a matter of bitter political debate, of course, but what is uncontestable is that a sizeable percentage of American soldiers sent overseas in this era have been women. The experience in the American military is, it's safe to say, quite different from that of men. Surrounded and far outnumbered by men, imbedded in a male culture, looked upon as both alien and desirable, women have experiences of special interest. In Soldier Girls, Helen Thorpe follows the lives of three women over twelve years on their paths to the military, overseas to combat, and back home.and then overseas again for two of them. 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. Deeply reported, beautifully written, and powerfully moving, Soldier Girls is truly groundbreaking"

Author(s): Helen Thorpe
Original Publish Date: Jan 01, 1900

All formats/editions

Author(s): Helen Thorpe
Narrator(s): Donna Postel
Product Number DD14192
Released: Sep 02, 2014
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781633791961
Author(s): Helen Thorpe
Product Number EB00561991
Released: Sep 11, 2014
Business Term: 1 Year
Publisher: Scribner
ISBN: #9781451668124

Professional reviews

"Journalist Helen Thorpe follows three female Indiana National Guard soldiers who were deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq from the start of the wars through the subsequent 12 years. Donna Postel's narration is clear and well paced, but, overall, unvarying in delivery. Postel might have added a bit more personality to her portrayals of the book's colorful and complex protagonists. While they all come from different backgrounds, ultimately they face similar struggles in balancing their military and personal lives. This is a unique long-term look at the lives of these strong-willed women and how they deal with the stress of deployment and its effects on their personal relationships, home lives, and families. S.E.G. "

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