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If you could sum up Her Own Vietnam in three words, what would they be?
insightful, heart-breaking, hopeful
What was one of the most memorable moments of Her Own Vietnam?
Understanding that some of the men veterans were actually so hateful to the women veterans. Some things have not changed all that much. Sadly
What about Robin Miles’s performance did you like?
Love Robin Miles, she envelops you into the story.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The entirety. Those women veterans who paved the way for my generation and on.
Any additional comments?
Women veterans do need to talk!!!!
What did you love best about Her Own Vietnam?
This book works on so many levels. The characters are believable and drawn with all the contradictions and flaws we humans have. The dynamics between characters--especially the way family members interact--really ring true. It's also a well-written book with some nice turns of phrase and some cool and unexpected metaphors. Plus, before Her Own Vietnam, I'd not really given much thought to the experience of nurses in Vietnam or the fact that they'd have less support back home for dealing with the trauma they'd faced. It's an important story and one that is told really well.
What did you like best about this story?
The story did a good job moving back and forth between the present day and the war, and all the plot points made sense without being predictable. The pacing was good, too. I never felt like it was just dragging on and on.
Which scene was your favorite?
The first two scenes that come to mind might be considered spoilers, so I'll go for the "not as ordered" care package delivered to Della in Vietnam because of the specific responses she and her friends had. I also like how that scene has ripples into the future.
Who was the most memorable character of Her Own Vietnam and why?
We spend most of our time with Della, and I really like seeing how her character transforms in the past and in the present day, so it's probably her. But Charlene is drawn so well that she either ties with Della or is a close second. By the end, it was difficult to remember these weren't living, breathing women.
Any additional comments?
Not only did Lynn Kanter do a wonderful job writing the novel, but Robin Miles also provided fantastic narration. Each of the characters was so distinct that, in the end, I had to remind myself that there had only been one narrator. I'm really looking forward to reading whatever Kanter writes next!