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Publisher's Summary

Soldier Girls follows the lives of three women on their paths to the military. 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.
©2014 Helen Thrope (P)2014 Dreamscape Media, LLC
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Critic Reviews

".... a solid chunk of American history...." - ( The New York Times Book Review)
Starred review. ".... this visceral narrative illuminates the role of women in the military...." ( Publishers Weekly)
"With a novelist's perception of character, drama, and telling detail, Helen Thorpe magically weaves together the stories of three very different but equally compelling women soldiers. Taken together, their stories provide an intimate window on life in the military, the impact of war, and the difficult transition to home. This is an absolutely terrific and important work." (Doris Kearns Goodwin)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Constance on 11-23-14

Healing and Insightful

What made the experience of listening to Soldier Girls the most enjoyable?

I have a more clear understanding of my partner's military and war experiences. I learned so much about the total picture of what war does to people and their family members.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Soldier Girls?

When one of the characters (don't want to spoil it for another listener)continued to grow and did not give up on her goal of pursing higher education.

Which character – as performed by Donna Postel – was your favorite?

Desma- I want to thank her for sharing her story.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

That the National Guard is under appreciated big time in our country. As Americans we owe them a huge debt.Grateful that therapists can make such a huge difference in the lives of veterans.

Any additional comments?

Should be required reading for anyone who loves a veteran. This book was life changing for me in my understanding of my partner's war experiences.Proud to be a Hoosier.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Stephen on 03-11-15


It took me awhile to get into the book but it was worth the journey. I didn't care for some of the language. Donna Postel was a great reader and the book is good. The insight into the war in Afganistan was very interesting. And it sounded crazy that they are sending 50 year olds to war. When I was in the marines 30 years ago, The top age was 28.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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