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The Fire by Night: A Novel (edição: 2017)

de Teresa Messineo (Autor)

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A powerful and evocative debut novel about two American military nurses during World War II that illuminates the unsung heroism of women who risked their lives in the fight--a riveting saga of friendship, valor, sacrifice, and survival combining the grit and selflessness of Band of Brothers with the emotional resonance of The Nightingale. In war-torn France, Jo McMahon, an Italian-Irish girl from the tenements of Brooklyn, tends to six seriously wounded soldiers in a makeshift medical unit. Enemy bombs have destroyed her hospital convoy, and now Jo singlehandedly struggles to keep her patients and herself alive in a cramped and freezing tent close to German troops. There is a growing tenderness between her and one of her patients, a Scottish officer, but Jo's heart is seared by the pain of all she has lost and seen. Nearing her breaking point, she fights to hold on to joyful memories of the past, to the times she shared with her best friend, Kay, whom she met in nursing school. Half a world away in the Pacific, Kay is trapped in a squalid Japanese POW camp in Manila, one of thousands of Allied men, women, and children whose fates rest in the hands of a sadistic enemy. Far from the familiar safety of the small Pennsylvania coal town of her childhood, Kay clings to memories of her happy days posted in Hawaii, and the handsome flyer who swept her off her feet in the weeks before Pearl Harbor. Surrounded by cruelty and death, Kay battles to maintain her sanity and save lives as best she can . . . and live to see her beloved friend Jo once more. When the conflict at last comes to an end, Jo and Kay discover that to achieve their own peace, they must find their place--and the hope of love--in a world that's forever changed. With rich, superbly researched detail, Teresa Messineo's thrilling novel brings to life the pain and uncertainty of war and the sustaining power of love and friendship, and illuminates the lives of the women who risked everything to save others during a horrifying time.… (mais)
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Título:The Fire by Night: A Novel
Autores:Teresa Messineo (Autor)
Informação:William Morrow (2017), 320 pages
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Read my full review on my blog here:

https://coffeecakebooks.blogspot.com/2020/06/review-fire-by-night-by-teresa-mess... ( )
  DeeLinnea | Aug 18, 2020 |
I'm old enough to remember a time when the only war related books were either focused on soldiers (men) or the people they left behind (women). It frustrated me that we never heard about the trials and traumas women faced at the front lines. I knew that many women had been at or near the front lines and this book takes us there.

One of the best things about this book was the honesty. Despite being heros, both women face many awful things and are forced to confront their own weaknesses (one even has to be rescued by another nurse). The author does a really good job of reminding us about the way women were treated (being seen as inferior, having to worry about the risk of rape, etc.), about the fact that even survivors have days (many days) when they just want to give up, and about the awful things some people had to survive.

I also really appreciated the fact that the author carried her story past the end of the war. It's really important for us to remember that war related trauma doesn't end when the enemies retreat. Both women in this book have to decide if and how they can move on. And, while they both get a happy ending, the author doesn't fall into the trap of letting a man rescue them and carry them off into a romantic sunset. Instead, she shows us that there are more then just fairy tale endings.

This was a really good book. I had a really hard time putting it down and I'm eager to read more by Messineo. ( )
  obtusata | Jan 9, 2020 |
Took me a few tries to get through the first 2 chapters. Once I did, I was hooked! ( )
  C.Slade | Dec 26, 2019 |
I was lucky enough to receive a copy via a GoodReads giveaway - I can add this to the list of WWII books that I have read and enjoyed over the past few years.

These were two tough journeys to travel as a reader, along with Jo and Kay. Many times I found myself wondering if I would have been able to be able to survive as they did. Nurses in war time are truly pushed to their limits of endurance. Being able to compare and contrast the two stories, I felt, was a better experience than if the story were to have been told from only one point of view.

Definitely worth reading!
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  JayeJ | May 21, 2019 |
The Fire by Night is a book that really shows the dark side of WW2. The book as two POV, first we have Jo McMahon who is stuck tending six seriously wounded soldiers in a makeshift medical unit. She had to do this all alone after bombs destroyed the hospital convoy she would have traveled with and to make it all worse is the unit close to the Germans. Her friend Kay is trapped in a Japanese POW camp in Manila. Both of them have gone through so much and in flashbacks, we get to see what happened to them, both during the nurse training as well events before the predicaments they are in now. It's a story about heartache and of losses, but it's also a story about friendship.

I found The Fire by Night to be an engaging and strong book. The characters are well-developed and it's hard not to feel for them and all they have gone through in life and all they have to go through before the war is over. There is a moment in the beginning of the book when Jo realizes that the American soldiers are not as they appear in the movies, they are not always a charming Cary Grant type, they can be quite unpleasant and rude and that felt so good to read. Well, not that they can be assholes, but that not everything is black and white. It doesn't feel like a glamorized WW2 novel with no depth and flat characters. This book feels real and everything they go through feels real.

I'm deeply impressed with this book and I hope that Teresa Messineo writes more books like this.

I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through Edelweiss for an honest review! ( )
  MaraBlaise | May 19, 2019 |
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Two army nurses, friends from training, endure the personal and professional insults of World War II.Debut novelist Messineo captures the intensity of grimy conditions in field hospitals and internment camps as well as the exhausted yet relentless sense of duty propelling Kay Elliot and Jo McMahon....Alternating between each woman’s perspective, chapter by chapter, Messineo is at her best when describing the squalid environment and psychological mayhem, creating an All Quiet on the Western Front from American women’s perspectives....Although some of the romantic interludes siphon off some energy, Jo’s and Kay’s devastating military experiences ring true. A vibrant telling of the nurses’ nightmares during a brutal war.(Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 2016)
adicionado por eowynfaramir | editarKirkus Reivews (Oct 15, 2016)
 
Messineo’s historical novel, his debut, dovetails the hardships of friends Jo McMahon and Kay Elliot, who serve as military nurses on separate ends of the Earth during World War II....The novel’s strength lies in how well it conveys—mostly without sentimentality—the selflessness and bravery of nurses during the darkest hours. The narrative remains engaging throughout, though the plot ultimately feels like it stops mid-sentence. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed 09/26/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 39, p)
adicionado por eowynfaramir | editarPublishers Weekly (Sep 26, 2016)
 
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A powerful and evocative debut novel about two American military nurses during World War II that illuminates the unsung heroism of women who risked their lives in the fight--a riveting saga of friendship, valor, sacrifice, and survival combining the grit and selflessness of Band of Brothers with the emotional resonance of The Nightingale. In war-torn France, Jo McMahon, an Italian-Irish girl from the tenements of Brooklyn, tends to six seriously wounded soldiers in a makeshift medical unit. Enemy bombs have destroyed her hospital convoy, and now Jo singlehandedly struggles to keep her patients and herself alive in a cramped and freezing tent close to German troops. There is a growing tenderness between her and one of her patients, a Scottish officer, but Jo's heart is seared by the pain of all she has lost and seen. Nearing her breaking point, she fights to hold on to joyful memories of the past, to the times she shared with her best friend, Kay, whom she met in nursing school. Half a world away in the Pacific, Kay is trapped in a squalid Japanese POW camp in Manila, one of thousands of Allied men, women, and children whose fates rest in the hands of a sadistic enemy. Far from the familiar safety of the small Pennsylvania coal town of her childhood, Kay clings to memories of her happy days posted in Hawaii, and the handsome flyer who swept her off her feet in the weeks before Pearl Harbor. Surrounded by cruelty and death, Kay battles to maintain her sanity and save lives as best she can . . . and live to see her beloved friend Jo once more. When the conflict at last comes to an end, Jo and Kay discover that to achieve their own peace, they must find their place--and the hope of love--in a world that's forever changed. With rich, superbly researched detail, Teresa Messineo's thrilling novel brings to life the pain and uncertainty of war and the sustaining power of love and friendship, and illuminates the lives of the women who risked everything to save others during a horrifying time.

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