The Women - Kristin Hannah

The Women

Author: Kristin Hannah

  • Publication Date: 2024-02-06
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
4.5 Score: 4.5
(From 1,485 Ratings)


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.


  • The women

    By jfydfuf
    Excellent must read
  • A perfect tribute to the women who served.

    By daughter of a Vietnam vet
    Heart wrenching, honest, beautiful and impossible to put down. A perfect tribute to the heroes, the men and the women, and their families. As a daughter of a Vietnam infantry soldier who had a lifelong struggle with PTSD, I connected with this book is so many ways. I LOVED it! Thank you for writing it.
  • Couldn’t put it down

    By SCEnglishteacher
    This book was amazing. Somehow Kristin Hannah knows how to draw you into each character’s life. While reading her vivid descriptions of bombs, surgeries, and pain, I felt like I was there. What an outstanding book and great honor to the women who served in Vietnam.
  • Best Book Ever

    By Photo Kathy
    This is by far one of the best books I’ve ever read! No other story could have told the story of the women of the Vietnam War better. It had details of the whole experience as well as the aftermath of their coming home. They were unseen in so many ways. Even by their supposed comrades. It was so excellent!!!
  • The women

    By jksb24
    WOW! This book is a real eye opener. I never thought about what is was like for the many nurses who came home to a bunch of uneducated people who thought women didn’t go to war! Back throughout history just think of all the women who were involved in wars but received no credit or help to assimilate back into civilization. Kristin Hannah did a great job of researching and writing this book!
  • The Women

    By Nothing left?
    Kristen, you never let us down!
  • Amazing Read

    By Airlie4802
    I found myself reading for hours. Such a great book, it makes me want to go see the Vietnam Memorial. My son is a serviceman it hit close to home at times.
  • I held my breath until the end

    By neskowingirl
    This book is probably Hannah’s best most thought provoking. I couldn’t put it down. It will make you cry and laugh but most of all honor the women.
  • Favorite 4ever

    By jayjayill
    Wow!!! I have no other words. This will be a favorite of mine forever!
  • Unbelievable

    By 74redvet
    I grew up next to Travis Air Force Base in California. Heard the humming of the cargo planes. Watched the hearses stream past my neighborhood, heard Taps play with the 21 gun salute. This is an amazing tribute to the women that fought in that war. Thank you for bringing their stories to me. Beautifully written book.