Rosalie Morales Kearns
In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re offering Lynn Kanter’s novel Her Own Vietnam (paperback) at 50% off and free shipping. The discount is available only on our website, where you can also read about the accolades for the book, including an Indiefab award for military fiction and praise from the national magazine of the Vietnam Veterans of America.
The protest movement against the Vietnam War was a formative influence on Lynn, who was a teenager at the time and went on to a lifetime of hell-raising for social justice causes. Just a couple of years ago, her Facebook profile picture showed her being arrested near the White House in a demonstration for immigrants’ rights. Is that bad-ass or what?
When Lynn decided to write a novel from the perspective of a U.S. Army nurse who’s stationed in Vietnam, she spent years doing research and conducting interviews with female veterans.
Reading the novel made me understand what should have been obvious: medical personnel in a war zone deal with horrific battlefield injuries all day every day, and they come home traumatized from it. Another eye-opener for me was learning that even when treatment for post-traumatic stress was eventually made available for Vietnam vets, the nurses weren’t eligible: they were told they couldn’t possibly have PTSD because they “hadn’t been in combat.” Continue reading