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Valiant Women in War and Exile: Thirty-Eight True Storiesby Sally Hayton-Keeva
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"Listening to the women in this book speak, I realized I was hearing stories that were not about heroism and power and glory, but about the 'little things' that have less to do with war than with the human condition. Women...tell war stories that are not separated from the rest of their physical and emotional lives; war is part of the fabric of living. War is not suspended in time, something outside a woman?s experience of life; it is part of life, woven into all the rest."
So says Sally Hayton-Keeva in her introduction to Valiant Women in War and Exile, a re-publication by Washington State University Press. This timeless collection of women's personal accounts poses powerful questions particularly relevant today. The stories come from women with diverse political loyalties and range from pre-World War I Europe to Central America in the 1980s. They are told by women in combat, social workers in refugee camps, nuns and nurses; but also by mothers, daughters, and wives who have been victims, survivors, and leaders by women who took active coommand of their lives, dealt with grief, terror, and loss, and did what had to be done.
Book News Annotation:
Presents 38 original personal accounts of their wartime experiences in battle, at home, and dealing with the aftermath of war, by women with diverse political loyalties and in diverse geopolitical contexts from pre-WWI Europe to Central America in the 1980s. Originally published by City Lights Books, 1987. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
First published in 1987, this profoundly moving collection of women's personal stories crosses political and cultural boundaries, and includes every major war from pre-World War I Europe to the jungles of Central America in the 1980s. With her new introduction, Hayton-Keeva connects the book's poignant testimonies to contemporary issues of war, and describes a voice distinctively different from the traditional experience of men at war: "War is not suspended in time, something outside a woman's experience of life; it is part of life, woven into all the rest." These mothers, daughters, sisters, and wives endured concentration camps, atomic bombs, homeland invasions, terrorism, and guerilla warfare. As nurses, nuns, social workers, soldiers, prisoners, spies, or snipers, they took active command of their lives and did what had to be done. Their accounts convey the lifelong physical, emotional, and spiritual impact of grief, terror, and loss, and reveal that for women, war is not about glory and camaraderie and heroism, but about the quiet valor born of individual suffering and triumph over adversity.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [216-217]).
About the Author
Sally Hayton-Keeva lives with her husband Joseph in Coupeville, Washington. She is the daughter of a World War II medic.
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