Tracey Enerson Wood with Kelly Mustian - War Nurse

Wednesday, July 7, 2021 - 5:30pm

Wednesday, July 7, 5:30pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books welcomes USA Today bestselling author
Tracey Enerson Wood,
who will discuss her new historical fiction novel that opens in St. Louis in 1917, 
War Nurse,
on our Facebook Live Page at 5:30pm CT on July 7th.
Enerson Wood will be in conversation with debut novelist
Kelly Mustian.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a SIGNED copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
About The War Nurse

[An] impeccably researched, well-drawn, based-on-a-true-story tale, written by a former RN...The War Nurse shines an important light on a woman whose story was, until now, lost to time.--Kristin Harmel, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Lost Names

Based on a true story, The War Nurse is a sweeping historical novel by USA Today bestselling author Tracey Enerson Wood that takes readers on an unforgettable journey through WWI France.

She asked dozens of young women to lay their lives on the line during the Great War. Can she protect them?

Superintendent of Nurses Julia Stimson must recruit sixty-four nurses to relieve the battle-worn British, months before American troops are ready to be deployed. She knows that the young nurses serving near the front lines of will face a challenging situation, but nothing could have prepared her for the chaos that awaits when they arrive at British Base Hospital 12 in Rouen, France. The primitive conditions, a convoluted, ineffective system, and horrific battle wounds are enough to discourage the most hardened nurses, and Julia can do nothing but lead by example--even as the military doctors undermine her authority and make her question her very place in the hospital tent.

When trainloads of soldiers stricken by a mysterious respiratory illness arrive one after the other, overwhelming the hospital's limited resources, and threatening the health of her staff, Julia faces an unthinkable choice--to step outside the bounds of her profession and risk the career she has fought so hard for, or to watch the people she cares for most die in her arms.

"The War Nurse is a vividly rendered, moving tribute to one woman's determination to make a difference in the world. Tracey Enerson Wood sets us down in war-ravaged France and immerses us in the lives of a band of courageous nurses braving battles both physical and moral. A riveting and surprisingly timely story of courage, sacrifice, and friendship forged at the front lines." - Kelly Mustian, author of The Girls in the Stilt House

"Tracey Enerson Wood achieves two particularly difficult things with this novel: a fictionalization of a real person's life, which is always a challenge--and the feat of writing a character from a century past who is accessible to a modern audience but still entirely of her era. In The War Nurse, based on the true story of pioneering WWI nurse Julia Stimson, we are transported to early 20th century France, where a band of medical professionals struggles to meet the ever-changing demands of a war zone. You will smile, shed a few tears, and learn alongside Julia in this impeccably researched, well-drawn, based-on-a-true-story tale, written by a former RN. As our collective interest in WWI is reawakened, The War Nurse shines an important light on a woman whose story was, until now, lost to time." - Kristin Harmel, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Lost Names

"The War Nurse is a rich, gripping history of one woman's lifelong battle against systemic prejudice. As Tracey Enerson Wood's heroine says of herself, 'I wasn't a man, for whom the things I wanted to do would have been easy. I was meant to break down the wall in between.'" - Stewart O'Nan, award-winning author of The Good Wife


About our Speakers

Tracey Enerson Wood has always had a writing bug. While working as a Registered Nurse, starting her own Interior Design company, raising two children, and bouncing around the world as a military wife, she indulged in her passion as a playwright, screenwriter and novelist. Other passions include food and cooking, and honoring military heroes. Her co-authored anthology/cookbook Homefront Cooking, American Veterans share Recipes, Wit, and Wisdom, was released by Skyhorse Publishing in May, 2018, and all authors’ profits will be donated to organizations that support veterans. A New Jersey native, she now lives with her family in Florida and Germany.
Kelly Mustian is the author of The Girls in the Stilt House, which Publishers Weekly calls "a remarkable debut" and "a nearly flawless tale of loss, perseverance, and redemption." Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals and commercial magazines, and she is a past recipient of a Regional Artist Grant from the North Carolina Arts and Science Council. Her short fiction has won a Blumenthal Writers Award sponsored by the North Carolina Arts Council. She lives near the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina.
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The War Nurse: A Novel By Tracey Enerson Wood Cover Image
ISBN: 9781492698166
Availability: Ships quickly (1-7 days)
Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - July 6th, 2021

The Girls in the Stilt House: A Novel By Kelly Mustian Cover Image
ISBN: 9781728217710
Availability: Ships quickly (1-7 days)
Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - April 6th, 2021


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