"After my first book was published I received some letters." So
begins Sigrid Nunez's haunting novel about the poignant and unusual
friendship between a novelist and the retired army nurse who seeks
her out. Among the letters the narrator receives is one from a
Rouenna Zycinski, who recalls a forgotten childhood connection and
asks for a meeting. First wary, then fascinated by the stories
Rouenna tells about her life as a combat nurse in Vietnam, the
narrator declines her request that they collaborate on a memoir.
Only later, in the aftermath of Rouenna's shocking death, is the
narrator drawn to write about her friend -- and her friend's war.
Writing Rouenna's story soon becomes all-consuming, at once a
necessity and a solace. For Rouenna is a remarkable and surprising
new look at war by one of the most gifted writers of her
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||238 x 160 x 21mm (L x W x T)
||Hardcover - Unsewn / adhesive bound / Paper over boards
||Large type / large print edition
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