Imprint:G.P. Putnam's Sons
Audience:General / adult
Dimensions:8.16in x 5.45 x 0.8 in | 0.65 lb
Page Count:384 pages
INSPIRED BY REAL HISTORY: Women of Words in War is inspired by the real history of both the first volunteer librarians during WWI and the first class of women to attend the Naval Academy in 1976. The author crafted this emotional story around extensive research into these two parallel moments of female pioneers in the U.S. military.
GROWING HISTORICAL TRADE PAPERBACK MARKET: Trade paperback original historical fiction continues to be a growing market, with highly successful bestsellers such as The Atomic City Girls, Goodnight from London, and The Flight Girls. Women of Words and War is a perfect title for Putnam to gain market share in this selling space and format.
PERFECT FOLLOW-UP/BUILDING A BRAND AUTHOR: Women of Words and War is the second book in a pre-empted two-book deal and is exactly on brand: emotional historical fiction inspired by pioneering women. We hope to build Armstrong into a book-a-year Putnam repeater a la Mira’s Pam Jenoff.
AUTHOR WUNDERKIND: Addison Armstrong was only 22 years old when she wrote her debut novel, The Light of Luna Park, while finishing her senior year at Vanderbilt University and wrote this second book while finishing her Masters. She has all the talent of seasoned comparative authors in the genre and a gift for Big Book Ideas.
BOOK CLUB PERFECTION: Women of Words and War masterfully explores themes and issues that readers will be itching to discuss: Questions about identity, grief, love, race, attitudes toward women in positions historically held by men, as well as our right to stand up for what we believe even if isn’t a popular belief.
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“Shining light upon the work of the original war librarians, Addison Armstrong not only offers a tribute to the power of books and libraries, but also manifests the unconventional lives of two women separated by fifty years, both determined to defy society’s limitations and forge futures that break the mold. Emmaline and Kathleen stand as worthy testimony to all the women who have blazed trails where none existed before.” —Lisa Wingate, author of Before We Were Yours and The Book of Lost Friends
“The War Librarian is a compelling and inspiring tribute to the courageous, groundbreaking women who risked their lives to pursue their heart’s desire even when—especially when—their ambitions led them into places where women were at best unexpected, and at worst, fiercely opposed.” —Jennifer Chiaverini, author of The Women’s March
“If one can measure a novel’s success by the emotions it draws from readers, the sophomore work by Armstrong is very effective indeed. Romance and long-held secrets provide additional intrigue in this increasingly powerful story. The values of intellectual freedom, antiracist activism, and female friendship are illustrated within their historical contexts, yet these themes couldn’t be timelier.” —Booklist
“Armstrong’s dark and disturbing tale of prejudice, discrimination, determination, and bravery will resonate with readers caught up in the same issues today.” —Library Journal
“Dual story lines masterfully reflect how nominal moves toward institutional inclusion can belie the persistence of cultures of exclusion. Historical fans will devour this intimate story about fighting for dignity and respect during trying times.” —Publishers Weekly
“Gripping…Once again, Armstrong has crafted a tale of two women battling the status quo in historical eras that are relevant today…Dual timelines can be tricky, but Armstrong aligns hers perfectly so the issues each woman is dealing with run parallel. Readers won’t want to put this one down.” —Historical Novels Review
“Beautifully told…The author has developed two fascinating characters…As their stories progress, readers become totally immersed in their lives. Their fears, accomplishments, and growth are realistic. The horrors of WWI are skillfully brought forward, as is what it was like for women to be part of their first class at the Academy…Highly recommended.” —Fresh Fiction
“[A] page turner. When Armstrong’s protagonists question the system and its enforcers, the punishments are harsh, and in her clean prose the results are dramatic and moving.” —Chapter16.org
“The War Librarian is a touching story of courage and female friendship, with two heroines who will win you over with their honesty, integrity, and resilience—I found myself cheering for them until the very last page!” —Ann Mah, author of The Lost Vintage
“The War Librarian shines a light on the courage and tenacity of women who blazed trails through male-dominated territory for future generations to follow. A vividly told story of female empowerment with humanity and heart.”—Christine Wells, author of Sisters of the Resistance
“The War Librarian is an empowering tale of sisterhood and sacrifice, reminding us of the importance of standing up for what is right in the world—even in the face of war and great peril. Timely and enlightening!” —Sara Ackerman, author of Radar Girls
“Meticulously researched, intricately woven, and deeply heartfelt, The War Librarian is a testament to the life-giving, life-affirming, and life-changing power of the written word—and of women. Highly recommend!" —Gabriella Saab, author of The Last Checkmate
“The War Librarian is a compelling story that reminds us how powerful one person’s voice, and actions, can be. Another powerful tribute to our military’s female ‘firsts.’” —Kaia Alderson, author of Sisters In Arms
“In The War Librarian, Addison Armstrong has created both a compelling look at WWI war librarians and a love letter to books and the power of words. Readers will be kept turning pages as both Emmaline and Kathleen fight against prejudice and censorship in their eras. Secrets abound in both timelines, but it’s the strong friendships and courageous women that form the heart of this engaging look at forgotten history.” —Amy Lynn Green, author of The Blackout Book Club
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