‘A master storyteller’ Delia Owens, bestselling author of Where the Crawdads Sing
‘Powerful and compelling’ Christy Lefteri, bestselling author of The Beekeeper of Aleppo
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:
‘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
Wow. I have been left with a bursting heart . . . a story of love, family, unbreakable bonds, bravery and hope. I will never forget the characters, what they endured and how they hoped and loved. I feel that I will be forever touched by them. I loved this book so much!
Christy Lefteri, bestselling author of The Beekeeper of Aleppo on The Four Winds
A master storyteller
Delia Owens, author of Where the Crawdads Sing on The Four Winds
A powerful, stirring, wind-swept tale set in Depression-era America that makes your heart break and soar in equal measure. An escape into the past with timely echoes to the present. Kristin Hannah is a classic storyteller and The Four Winds sees her at the top of her game
Matt Haig, bestselling author of The Midnight Library on The Four Winds