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Soldier Girls

Soldier Girls

The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War

Book - 2014 | First Scribner hardcover edition
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More women have served in Iraq and Afghanistan than in any other conflict in our nation's history, and today they compose about 15 percent of the armed services. Soldier Girls follows the experiences of three women in the Indiana National Guard -- one a young college student, one a single mother, and one a grandmother -- who chose to enlist for different reasons, never expecting they would go to war. Though quite far apart in age and in their political views, the three women become close friends, and through their daily interaction we see how military service changes their relationships with their families, their lovers, and their children.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2014
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781451668100
Call Number: 956.7044 T519s 2014
Characteristics: xi, 397 pages ; 24 cm


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Oct 12, 2015

This book was amazing! I enjoyed every moment of it. I was a little confused with the back and forth between characters, but made me feel as if I was there when all of the war action was happening. Desma, is my favorite very wild and out of control defiant to the max. All of these women still wanted to be civilians as well as themselves while serving our country!!!

Jan 22, 2015

It is such a shame, that in seeking to better themselves, people believe the best available choice is to go to foreign lands and kill foreign people? Sounds like those Euros going to join up with ISIS, or the so-called Islamice State?

Jan 22, 2015

Three women from southern IN, where I once lived, join the Army National Guard. They are smart, and want to better themselves. Michelle, 18, wants to get out of her dysfunctional, drugging family, and go to college. Desma's a single mom of, eventually, 3, and needs to support them. Debbie's middle aged, a grandmother by the end of the book, cheerful, friendly, and the other two gravitate to her hot dog truck during Guard weekends. Michelle and Desma have a lot of trouble in Basic, though Michelle sees she'll do better if she goes along, and Desma rebels. After a long fake deployment the three end up near each other in the same camp in Afghanistan, and have a rather easy year long deployment. Coming home is harder. Relationships are fraught. Jobs either disappear, or can't be jumped back into quickly. Desmas' kids aren't the same. Families have changed. Even stable Debbie's different. These three, and some other women and men they'd gotten close to, including their Afghan translator, keep in close touch. Then they are deployed to Iraq, all except for Michelle, who suffers terrible guilt, and the translator, who has had no luck finding work in the US and goes back to Afghanistan, where the only job he can find is a translator in a prison filled with Taliban, which will mean he can't safely get a job on the outside. There he is changed irrevocably. Finally, an accident on an Iraqi road changes one of them forever. This book made me understand why serving in the US ARMY is so difficult, and made you care about each of the women involved, and the men and children affected by her service. It doesn't matter that some of their choices aren't the best. The Army and the VA should be making their post-service lives a lot easier than they've made them. These young women and men enlisted, for the most part, in the wake of 9/11, wanting to do something good for their country. More than a decade later, all of them are suffering mightily for that choice. The writing was stunning.

Sep 20, 2014

Although this book is not the best-written work of non-fiction I've ever read, the story of the three women, and their experiences in the Indiana National Guard at home and in deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan consistently held my interest. I find that I'm still thinking about them, weeks after I finished the book.


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