VALIANT WOMEN IN WAR AND EXILE - Thirty Eight True Stories. by Sally Hayton-Keeva. 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 a part of the fabric of living. War is not suspended in time, something outside a woman’s experience of life, it is a part of life, woven into all the rest. So says Sally Hayton-Keeva in her new 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 1980’s. 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 command of their lives, dealt with grief, terror, and loss, and did what had to be done.
Sally Hayton-Keeva lives with her husband Joseph in Coupeville, Washington. She is the daughter of a World War II medic. Photographs, bibliography 5 ½” x 8 ¼” 240 pages
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