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November 6, 2024 - Book Discussion:  "The Women: A Novel" by Kristin Hannah

On Wednesday November 6, 2024 at 3:00 pm Eastern time, we will discuss The Women: A Novel by Kristin Hannah.

The book discussion will be on Zoom and participants are invited to meet in person at Margot Tutun’s home (2120 Aberdeen Lane, #103, Naples 34109).

From Barnes & Noble:  The Women is both singular and expansive in focus. Centered on one woman who goes to war in Vietnam, it is a stark reminder of the sacrifices women make for their country.  From the celebrated author of The Nightingale and The Four Winds comes Kristin Hannah's The Women—at once an intimate portrait of coming of age in a dangerous time and an epic tale of a nation divided.

Women can be heroes. When twenty-year-old nursing student Frances “Frankie” McGrath hears these words, it is a revelation. Raised in the sun-drenched, idyllic world of Southern California and sheltered by her conservative parents, she has always prided herself on doing the right thing. But in 1965, the world is changing, and she suddenly dares to imagine a different future for herself. When her brother ships out to serve in Vietnam, she joins the Army Nurse Corps and follows his path.

As green and inexperienced as the men sent to Vietnam to fight, Frankie is over-whelmed by the chaos and destruction of war. Each day is a gamble of life and death, hope and betrayal; friendships run deep and can be shattered in an instant. In war, she meets—and becomes one of—the lucky, the brave, the broken, and the lost.

But war is just the beginning for Frankie and her veteran friends. The real battle lies in coming home to a changed and divided America, to angry protesters, and to a country that wants to forget Vietnam.

The Women is the story of one woman gone to war, but it shines a light on all women who put themselves in harm’s way and whose sacrifice and commitment to their country has too often been forgotten. A novel about deep friendships and bold patriotism, The Women is a richly drawn story with a memorable heroine whose idealism and courage under fire will come to define an era.

Please Note:  All book club meetings will take place in person and also by Zoom; they will begin at 3 p.m.   PLEASE REGISTER to attend in person or via Zoom by emailing Margot Tutun at

  • The in-person meeting will take place at Margot's home - you must email Margot in advance to attend.   Where:  2120 Aberdeen Ln #103, Naples, 34109 (Stonebridge Country Club)
  • To attend via Zoom, from in Zoom, enter Meeting ID:   895 461 0132; Passcode: 597100


Our Book List (with most recent first)

NOVEMBER 2024 - The Women: A Novel by Kristin Hannah

Honor: A Novel by Thrity Umrigar

Forty Autumns: A Family's Courage and Survival on Both Sides of the Berlin Wall by Nina Willner

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

The Maid: A Novel by Nita Prose

Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver

The Whalebone Theatre: A Novel by Joanna Quinn

The Storyteller's Secret by Sejal Badani

Love Marriage: A Novel by Monica Ali

Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead

Small Things Like These and Foster by Claire Keegan

Horse: A Novel by Geraldine Brooks

The Women of Chateau Lafayette by Stephanie Dray

Matrix: A Novel by Lauren Groff

American Princess:  A Novel of First Daughter Alice Roosevelt by Stephanie Marie Thornton

The Lincoln Highway: A Novel by Amor Towles

The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray

The Death of Vivek Oji: A Novel by Akwaeke Emezi

Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell

A Long Petal of the Sea: A Novel by Isabel Allende

The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi

The Vanishing Half: A Novel by Brit Bennett

Circe by Madeline Miller

American Dirt: A Novel by Jeanine Cummins

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Repentance by Alan Lam

The Secrets Between Us: A Novel by Thrity Umrigar

Daughter of Moloka'i: A Novel by Alan Brennert

The Secret of Clouds by Alyson Richman

Red Notice by Bill Browder

Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum

The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell

An American Marriage: A Novel by Tayari Jones

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Gann

We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter

News of the World: A Novel by Paulette Jiles

Katharine Lee Bates: From Sea to Shining Sea by Melinda Ponder

Bellevue:  Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America's Most Storied Hospital by David Oshinsky

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

Commonwealth: A Novel by Ann Patchett

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Elephant Company by Vicki Croke

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

Telex from Cuba by Rachel Kuschner

My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor

Americanah by Chiamanda Ngozi Adichie

Euphoria by Lily King

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Voice of the River by Marjory Stoneman Douglas

An Unseemly Wife by E. B. Moore

Troublesome Young Men by Lynn Olson

Defending Jacob by William Landay

The Hare with the Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal

The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman (Wellesley '94)

Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

The Golden Hour by Margaret Wurtle

Unbroken by Laura Hillebrand

Old Filth by Jane Gardam

Saturday by Ian McEwan

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

Killing Mr. Watson by Peter Matthiesen

Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

The Glass Room by Simon Mawer

The Given Day by Dennis Lehane

Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar

Run by Ann Patchett

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Shalimar the Clown by Salman Rushdie

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Wild Swans:  Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

The Killer Angels:  A Novel of the Civil War by Michael Shaara