The Fire by Night

The Fire by Night

Large Print - 2017
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In war-torn France, Jo McMahon, an Italian-Irish girl from the tenements of Brooklyn, tends to six seriously wounded soldiers in a makeshift medical unit. Enemy bombs have destroyed her hospital convoy, and now Jo singlehandedly struggles to keep her patients and herself alive in a cramped and freezing tent close to German troops. There is a growing tenderness between her and one of her patients, a Scottish officer, but Jo's heart is seared by the pain of all she has lost and seen. She fights to hold on to memories of the past, to the times she shared with her best friend, Kay, whom she met in nursing school. Half a world away in the Pacific, Kay is trapped in a squalid Japanese POW camp in Manila, one of thousands of Allied men, women, and children whose fates rest in the hands of a sadistic enemy. Kay clings to memories in Hawaii, and the handsome flyer who swept her off her feet in the weeks before Pearl Harbor. She also battles to maintain her sanity and save lives as best she can.
Publisher: New York, NY :, HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2017]
Edition: First HarperLuxe edition, large print edition
ISBN: 9780062644145
0062644149
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 402 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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rthomson1954 May 02, 2018

This book tells the story of two Army nurses, one sent to serve in the Pacific theater, the other to France. Both see sights that are indescribably horrific, and there were several points at which I didn't think I could read any further. But I did, and was glad I finished, because it gave me such an appreciation for the valor, compassion, and grit of these women who served our country. Few received recognition of any kind because they didn't bear arms, but they are heroes in my heart.

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Dops
Mar 07, 2017

Fantastic So much like my aunt a nurse described in her ordeal with being in a prison camp in the Korea War. A lot of history, and a great telling of its story

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ready2read
Feb 22, 2017

This is an extensively researched novel about the tribulations of two American war time nurses - and the war itself. Almost from page 1 the stories are grim and the misery seems unending. The evil, depravation, and human suffering are a constant that is difficult, at times, to read. The author makes a good point of validating the contribution of women (in this case nurses), and depicting how sexism still interfered with their ability to do this noble job. Interesting but difficult to read.

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