2007 Colorado Book Award Finalist
2007 EVVY Award Winner for Fiction
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.
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.