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This award-winning collection celebrates real women whose wartime experiences were at once typical and extraordinary. Read about WACS, Women Pilots, Doughnut Dollies and more.
2007 Colorado Book Award Finalist
2007 EVVY Award Winner for Fiction
"Women--free, independent, and self-motivated women--were essential to our victory in WWII. Dancing in Combat Boots beautifully recreates the time when American women's roles were evolving and their personal horizons expanding. Poignant and inspiring, these stories celebrate the contributions of America's other war heroes, the women of World War II." - Doris Weatherford, author of American Women and World War II
"These are the stories of WWll that did not make the history books that we studied in school. I found the author did a great job of covering many aspects of the lives of the women in the US and how they not only survived the war, but supported it." - V. Pearce
"This is a must read for anyone interested in learning about true courage, strength and heroism off the battlefield. Each individual story is a compelling vignette of how these women's lives were shaped by the war, and how they confronted the challenges presented to them. Reading their stories was inspiring." - C. Dowd
"This short story collection is remarkable for its overall attention to craft and excellence. It's clear that the author invested sweat and passion in the topic (the role of women in World War II). The stories are based on actual case histories, so the tales ring true. What surprises is the quality of the prose. The author is authentic, original and altogether fresh. I highly recommend this book." - Brian Kaufman, author of The Breach
Dancing in Combat Boots was a labor of love! Eight years in the making, it grew out of the research I did for my first novel, Remember Wake. While I was researching that story, I found gaps in the information available about everyday life for American women during WWII. Oh, there were plenty of details about the technicalities of their lives, like dealing with rationing or raising Victory Gardens, but I couldn't get a good sense of how they felt about the roles they played, nor could I guess whether or not they knew how pivotal their experiences would become. So I set out to track down women whose experiences were at once typical and extraordinary. I then took the best parts of their stories and wove them into the lives of my fictional characters. Each story in Dancing in Combat Boots is based on an actual woman, and to the best of my ability, I've stuck to the memories they shared. More than anything else, I hope this book honors and celebrates our mothers and grandmothers, the women of World War II.