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Kristin Hannah

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Kristin Hannah was born in Southern California in September 1960. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked in an advertising agency and practiced law in Seattle. Hannah and her mom began writing a novel together when her mother was suffering from cancer. When her mother died, she put the näytä lisää draft away and continued to practice law. While pregnant with her son, and on bed rest, she took out the draft that she and her mother had written and began to write in earnest. Her draft was done by the time she gave birth. In 1990, she became a published writer and has been writing ever since. She has won numerous awards including the Golden Heart, the Maggie and 1996 National Reader's Choice award. In 2004, she won the Rita Award for Best Novel: Between Sisters. Her title Winter Garden made the New York Times Bestseller List for 2011. Many of Hannah's other titles have made the New York Times Bestsellers List since then including: Night Road, Home Again, Home Front, Fly Away, The Nightingale, Comfort and Joy, True Colours, and The Great Alone. She has written a series entitled Girls of Firefly Lane which includes the books, Firefly Lane, and Fly Away. Two of her books are being made into feature films, The Nightingale, and Home Front. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän


Tekijän teokset

The Nightingale (2015) 9,977 kappaletta
The Great Alone (2018) 5,061 kappaletta
Firefly Lane (2008) 4,867 kappaletta
The Four Winds (2021) 4,109 kappaletta
Winter Garden (2010) 3,499 kappaletta
Night Road (2011) 2,493 kappaletta
Magic Hour (2006) 2,193 kappaletta
True Colors (2009) 2,142 kappaletta
Home Front (2012) 1,659 kappaletta
Toivon järvi (1999) 1,638 kappaletta
Sisarten kesken (2003) 1,514 kappaletta
Paluu Kesäsaarelle (2001) 1,462 kappaletta
The Women (2024) 1,427 kappaletta
Fly Away (2013) 1,399 kappaletta
Rakkauden tähden (2004) 1,341 kappaletta
Pimeyden läpi (2000) 1,292 kappaletta
Distant Shores: A Novel (1996) 1,106 kappaletta
Comfort & Joy (2005) 932 kappaletta
Home Again (1996) 846 kappaletta
If You Believe (1993) 330 kappaletta
Waiting for the Moon (1995) 316 kappaletta
Once in Every Life (1992) 286 kappaletta
When Lightning Strikes (1994) 212 kappaletta
The Enchantment (1992) 125 kappaletta
A Handful of Heaven (1991) 108 kappaletta
The Glass Case (1998) 102 kappaletta
Another Life (2023) 32 kappaletta
Harvest Hearts (1993) 18 kappaletta
Summer Love Omnibus (2003) 3 kappaletta
Redemption 2 kappaletta
Gdzie poniesie wiatr (2021) 1 kappale
Kjr̆lighetens labyrint (1999) 1 kappale
With Love (2002) 1 kappale
Pomiedzy siostrami (2021) 1 kappale
Een tijd van loslaten (2017) 1 kappale

Associated Works

Grand Central: Original Stories of Postwar Love and Reunion (2014) — Johdanto — 129 kappaletta
Stories from Suffragette City (2020) — Johdanto — 88 kappaletta
Reader's Digest Select Editions 2007 v02 #290 (2007) — Avustaja — 19 kappaletta

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An Author Interview with Kristin Hannah, Talk about LibraryThing (helmikuu 5)


Wow, this historical novel encircling the life of one Texas woman, Elsa, and her family was heartbreaking.
It mainly focused on the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl years of 1934-1936.
The discrimination and ill treatment of migrant families who fled to California during this time was particularly horrid.
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deslivres5 | 191 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 11, 2024 |
The Women is an historical fiction by American author Kristin Hannah, about the Vietnam War, or more specifically about the women who served in that war. I read this book for our Book Club.

Frances “Frankie” McGrath has grown up in a privileged family on Coronado Island, California. When her beloved brother Finley signs up to join the war, Frankie wants to follow. Despite the prevailing idea about womens’ roles, her brother's friend Rye plants a seed in her mind with his statement that, “Women can be heroes, too.” Frankie is soon off as an idealistic 20 year old to join the Army Nurses Corps, save people and impress her father. Although her brother’s death is hugely destructive and tragic in her parents’ lives, it seems to pass over Frankie without much of a ripple. Soon she is bathed in blood, performing life-saving surgery, and eyeing up the handsome married doctor Jamie (seemingly a recurrent problem for Frankie).

The best part of Frankie’s wartime experience was the close friendship she developed with Barb and Ethel, posted to the 36th Evacuation Hospital with her, a friendship which lasts through thick and thin. The injuries presenting to the field hospital are described in detail. Hannah gives us a very American view of the war though, with not one Vietnamese character actually portrayed in the whole book. I was glad she had the courage to call out the government’s lies, their flawed motivation for going to war (“Bombing for peace is like fucking for virginity”) and also the fact that they did in fact bomb civilian villages. However, this was somehow unbalanced for me by the portrayal of upright, patriotic Americans trying to save babies. I recently read the excellent book The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai which gives a totally different perspective, being about Vietnamese civilians trying to live through this horror. The American version of the story oddly tends to be about how much they suffered (in a war totally of their making) and glosses over the enormous number of Vietnamese deaths, casualties and refugees.

After the war, Frankie returns to America exhausted and shattered by what she has seen only to be spat on by people and called a “baby-killer” for her role in Vietnam. There are anti-war protests and the soldiers are reviled for their involvement rather than welcomed home as heroes like in previous conflicts. Worse still, no-one seems to even acknowledge the 10,000 American military women who were stationed in Vietnam during the war. Frankie is turned away from the Vietnam Vet programs when she seeks help for her PTSD, as she is not considered a soldier.

Frankie’s life post-war plunges into an avalanche of chaos, with her narrow-minded parents being ashamed of her war service and wanting her to continue a life of parties, glamour and a nice marriage. Frankie struggles with drugs, alcohol and broken relationships. I think there is a very moving look at the psychological difficulties of soldiers returning from a devastating conflict, to a nation which completely rejects them. The impact is somewhat lessened by the pace at which the story smashes along from one drama to the next. Frankie’s friends are gold and testament to the power of female friendships (although I found the support flowed mainly from them to her rather than being reciprocated). In this sense the book should probably be called The Woman rather than The Women as it is basically a Frankie monologue, with little of any other womens’ experiences actually being shared.

Overall this is a book with a powerful message, trying to right the wrong done to women in overlooking their stories and their part in history. It highlights the massive cultural shifts happening between the 1950s and the 1960s. It also sheds light on some of the wrongs done in the Vietnam war, although it still presents a very American perspective that does not really touch on the impact on the Vietnamese themselves. It grapples with other serious issues such as PTSD, shame, trauma and addiction. I felt the story was somewhat spoiled by the instaromances scattered throughout, with some improbable twists. None of the romances felt particularly convincing to me, and didn’t overly add to the story. The whole “good girl” trying to resist a married man line, became rapidly old with repetition. I still found this to be mostly a gripping story with some important points to make. The audio narration by Julia Whelan was excellent. 3.5 stars
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mimbza | 88 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 10, 2024 |
The Women is an absorbing, affecting and emotional story of a woman who was a nurse on the frontlines in the Vietnam war and her struggles after she returns home to America. It’s brutal at times, but an accurate representation of history.

Frankie has always been a good girl in her well-off family. She’s never really thought about women having the power to do and change things but at a going away party for her brother, an offhand comment changes that. She plans to follow him to Vietnam as a nurse and is soon on her way. Vietnam isn’t what Frankie thought, and her training helps very little. It’s learn on the job, and learn fast as the wounded keep appearing. Frankie makes some good friends and learns quickly. But Vietnam is also an emotional rollercoaster and the staff do nearly anything to forget. Frankie falls in love, but soon that is taken away. When it’s time to return home, America has changed a lot. The tide has changed from America saving the world. People are against the war and actively hostile to those who took part in it. For Frankie, there is no debrief or ongoing help. She spirals out of control multiple times, only to be refused help because ‘there were no women in Vietnam, dear’. It’s frustrating to watch as Frankie tries and fails to cope, made harder by all the curveballs thrown at her. Can she ever truly move on from Vietnam?

The novel is highly emotional and to be blunt, Frankie has all her darlings killed and then some. There is a lot of overt sexism with women being put in their place repeatedly (the only place it doesn’t happen is Vietnam, where the nurses pull their weight). PTSD, illegal drug use and mental health are explored as are the consequences of war from the battlefield to the memories afterwards. It isn’t helpful for Frankie that her parents are unable/unwilling to help her, thinking ignoring her time in Vietnam and downgrading it to a European holiday is helpful, or by buying her a house and car. Agent Orange is touched on, but I would have liked to have seen more described about the long-term effects. Frankie is left with her friends to help shoulder her trauma, and they are the best at it, as they are the ones who understand. The majority of others don’t seem to be able, or choose not to. A strong theme throughout the book is the power of friendship, and just being there when needed.

The writing is sound. It’s not the type of novel where you pause and savour every sentence, this is the kind of novel about the story and drama. It’s a little cheesy at times, but the strength of the fast-paced story makes up for it. The story is one that hasn’t really come to attention in fiction. I guess that’s because humidity, mildew and war aren’t overly romantic but it’s still a story worth telling, particularly in the current political climate. War isn’t pretty, and has a multitude of long ranging consequences.

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birdsam0610 | 88 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 8, 2024 |
DNF wt 16%. Every single character is a terrible person whose single personality trait is either “asshole” or “doormat”. I thought maybe if I could suffer thru Part 1 it would get better but nope. One chapter into Part 2 I knew this book wasn’t for me. The writing was as bland as a drought also so that didn’t help.

KH is becoming hit-or-miss for me. And there is no in between.
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ilkjen | 191 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 4, 2024 |


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