The Girls Come Marching Home: Stories of Women Warriors Returning from the War in Iraq Kindle Edition
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Far from giving an account of how women were "warriors" in Iraq, the author presents the women as weak, victimized, traumatized, and unable to function as well as their male counterparts. I suppose the intent is for us to feel sorry for these "girls", note their vulnerability and pity them for their drama.
Though I don't mean to downplay the negative effects that hanging out in a combat zone can have on anyone, regardless of gender, the author did an incredible disservice to women. The word "girls" in the title should be the first hint at how the author views these soldiers, Marines, airmen and sailors: As little girls for whom we should feel sad.
The women I know from Iraq -- warriors -- groan that this book perpetuates an image of weak overly sensitive nurturing women scarred by combat.
Next book -- though I hope there isn't one -- it might be nice if the author at least gives the subjects the title of "women" instead of girls, and relates what makes them "warriors" instead of victims to be pitied.
This is an unfortuante book that is not an accurate cross-section or sample of women who served in Iraq.
A few of the stories recount transitions that, relative to most of the stories, were triumphantly smooth. Most of the stories, though, tell of pain, sadness, frustration and obstacles of many kinds that complicate the process of adjusting to life outside the combat zone. I was educated about and astounded by how difficult it is for a vet to get medical attention. I had no idea how gruelling was the process of shifting one's identity from first sergeant to full-time mother.
Even those stories, however, end on notes that are to various degrees uplifting. The never-say-die spirit that the women in this book display triumphs in the end in almost all cases.
I read and enjoyed author Kirsten Holmstedt's "Band of Sisters." This is a perfect hand-in-glove partner to that book. I can imagine the two books sold as a set, in a nice slipcase! I encountered a few passages in "Marching Home" that need a bit more precision in description or narration. But apart from those moments, the writing is clean, cogent and coherent.
In "Marching Home," Ms. Holmstedt does a superb job of differentiating these soldiers, Marines, sailors, "Coasties" and USAF specialists from one another--both in terms of military duties and wartime experiences, the different cultures of their branches of service, and most of all, their personalities. One can keep the people and the stories straight from one another--they do not seem like one story repeated a dozen times.Read more ›
First of all, it was so depressing that I found I had to keep "putting it down."
I couldn't "live" with the women for any length of time.
Book should have included a "balance" between "no potentially happy ending" stories and those of "potential success." (Out of all the stories (18, I believe), only two qualified)
As a teacher of composition, I wanted help the author do some heavy editing. It might have helped if the author had used the 1st person to tell the story---even though the impact on the reader would have been more painful. The author had good intentions, but the writing was poor.
I'm sorry, but I am not recommending the book to friends.
"For those who have fought for it, freedom has a taste and price the protected will never know."
From the first page of Kirsten Holmstedt's book, I am reminded again why I've never been a fan of fiction. When the Girls Come Marching Home, Ms. Homstedt's latest release, shares compelling stories of real women as they battle for their country, their comrades, and then for their own restoration. Gut wrenching, thrilling, and true.
As a peacetime Marine veteran married to a Marine veteran, I am quick to connect sacrifice to freedom, but these accounts recharged my appreciation for and resolve to protect the interests of our nation's returning veterans. Kirsten's vivid accounts draw us out from our lives of ease into a world only poorly depicted in the news accounts of our day. This book is required reading for the rest of us. Semper Fi and God Speed to our veterans and to the author.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was so poorly written I just could not finish it. The stories themselves are interesting: there were some deeply flawed individuals profiled in this book which I... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
My wife told me she enjoyed reading this book and I read it too. As for me, I gained a different perspective.Published 3 months ago by 811X2A
While the subject is good, the writing is not done well. The stories could be very interesting, but seem incomplete.Published 9 months ago by Mary Ellen Keller
This was a very slow read for me. I think it would have been better if the actual soldiers were telling their stories rather than having the author portray them. Read morePublished 21 months ago by krnd
A great read. I was pleased to find a book that was written from the female hero's perspective. I am proud of all our veterans, but as a woman I am in awe of these wonderful... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Pamela Stouder
This book turned out to be too emotionally challenging at the time I started to read it. Possibly I will read it again as it is downloaded onto my Kindle from Amazon. Read morePublished on June 3, 2014 by C. Yates
Very well written. I appreciate the author for recognizing the female service members who made a choice to join during a time of War.... Read morePublished on April 6, 2014 by JayJay
Greats of the females warriors that sacrificed so much for our country and freedom. Such a good dynamic easy readPublished on January 6, 2014 by Mark F. McKinnon
I got this book cause my cousin wrote in this its the girl in the middle on the front cover her story is awesome in this book but anyway fast and speedy delivery to home packaged... Read morePublished on November 10, 2013 by melissa
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