The Healer's War
Although perhaps best-known for her lightly humorous fantasies and for her collaborations with Anne McCaffrey on the Petaybee series and the Acorna series, Elizabeth Anne Scarborough has also written Healer's War, a classic novel of the Vietnam War, enriched with a magical, mystical twist, which won the 1989 Nebula Award for Best Novel of 1988. The Minneapolis Star Tribune...more
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our protag, Kitty, is a Vietnam-era nurse in a seaside base camp, relatively safe from being bayonetted but not immune to rockets. she cares for both American GI and Vietnamese civilian patients--with thorough professionalism for the former, and actual care for the latter, as the Vietnamese patients are there for a longer haul, and she has time to get to...more
There is a fantasy element to HEALER'S WAR...more
A realistic fantasy novel set in Vietnam during the ill fated war against communism. With a touch of the magical/paranormal it shows a realistic, difficult, and heartbreaking picture of Vietnam from the perspective of a female veteran of the war.
About: Kitty, the main character, is a twenty-something nurse from the Mid West who decides to go to Vietnam to help in the war efforts, since her life at home in t...more
The fantasy element has to do with an e...more
I picked up this book hoping to find a fantasy novel that explored some Asian perspectives on spirituality and...more
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This version is told by a nurse who chose to work with the injured Vietnamese citizens so set herself at the limits of loyalty to her country but not her profession.
despite being a war protestor
although not in Vietnam
Thus Scarborough's book was a first facing up
and what made it bearable
was the protagonist's grit and compassion
and the element of fantasy
She's a remarkable writer
She had to be to make sit
and continue reading
and give 5 stars when I finished
Probably one needs some shared experience to enjoy this fully.