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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Helen Thorpe Narrator: Donna Postel Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2014 ISBN: 9781633791992
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Soldier Girls follows the lives of three women on their paths to the military. These women, who are quite different in every way, become friends, and we watch their interaction and what happens when they are separated. We see their families, their lovers, their spouses, and their children. We see them work extremely hard, deal with the attentions of men on base and in war zones, and struggle to stay connected to their families back home. We see some of them drink too much, have illicit affairs, and react to the deaths of fellow soldiers. And we see what happens to one of them when the truck she is driving hits an explosive in the road. She survives, but her life may never be the same again.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With a novelist’s perception of character, drama, and telling detail, Helen Thorpe magically weaves together the stories of three very different but equally compelling women soldiers. Taken together, their stories provide an intimate window on life in the military, the impact of war, and the difficult transition to home. This is an absolutely terrific and important work.”

    Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize–winning American biographer, historian, and political commentator

  • “Tracking a trio in an Indiana battalion, Thorpe movingly captures how unexpected deployments rocked women’s lives…she unravels the women’s complex relations—and how they sustain one another.”


  • “A raw, intimate look at the impact of combat and the healing power of friendship.”


  • “A nuanced look at the lives of female soldiers that is as intimate as it is groundbreaking.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “A breakthrough work…What Thorpe accomplishes in Soldier Girls is something far greater than describing the experience of women in the military. The book is a solid chunk of American history—detailing the culture’s failing, resilience and progress…Thorpe triumphs.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Thorpe follows three women, tracking their ups and downs with faithful detail in a brilliant tableau of their overlapping lives for twelve years as they do multiple tours in Afghanistan and Iraq and readjust to civilian life…Soldier Girls raises important questions about how men and women serve together and the differences in how they experience war, enabling us to see the subtle challenges female soldiers face—the hardships that don’t make easy headlines.”

    Washington Post

  • “In the tradition of Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, Richard Rhodes, and other masters of literary journalism, Soldier Girls is utterly absorbing, gorgeously written, and unforgettable.”

    Boston Globe

  • “The twelve-year journeys of three strikingly dissimilar women who served together in the Indiana National Guard and deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq. One senses that it is this differentness that helped bring together and form strong bonds through the intense stress of family separations, frontline experiences, and loss. Editor’s recommendation. (P.S. Twenty percent of new military recruits are women and more than eleven percent of the forces sent to Iraq and Afghanistan are women.)”

    Barnes&Noble.com, editorial review

  • “Heartbreaking…absorbing, funny…a cry worth attending, sounded by a band of sisters put in harm’s way.”


  • “Moving…Highlighting how profoundly military service changed their lives—and the lives of their families—this visceral narrative illuminates the role of women in the military, the burdens placed on the National Guard, and the disproportionate burden of these wars borne by the poor.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “The absorbing story of how wartime experiences shaped the lives and friendships of three female soldiers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan…Intensely immersive reading.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Donna Postel’s narration is clear and well paced…[in this] unique long-term look at the lives of these strong-willed women and how they deal with the stress of deployment and its effects on their personal relationships, home lives, and families.”


  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014
  • Barnes & Noble Editor’s Recommendation
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About the Author
Author Helen Thorpe

Helen Thorpe has written magazine stories for the New York Times, the New Yorker, Texas Monthly, Westword, and 5280. She lives in Denver, Colorado. Her first book, Just Like Us, was published by Scribner in 2009. It was named one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts adapted the book for the stage in 2013. 

About the Narrator

Donna Postel, an Earphones Award-winning narrator, is absolutely passionate about audiobooks and has narrated close to fifty titles across multiple genres, from memoir and biography to literary fiction, romance, mystery, and suspense. She uses her innate curiosity, talent, and decades of experience on stage and in the recording studio to bring books to life. When she’s not in the studio, she can be found down at the barn cleaning up after and occasionally riding horses.