The Five O'Clock Follies: What's a Woman Doing Here, Anyway?

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In her brilliant debut novel, longtime daily journalist Theasa Tuohy captures the essence of what drives those who go into war armed only with a camera, notebook, and pen. At a time when women rarely dreamed beyond careers as nurses, teachers or secretaries and certainly not as news reporters, a tall, enigmatic redhead arrives in Saigon. She is an object of great interest to the male correspondents, one of whom reports she arrived at Tan Son Nhut Airport wearing ?high heeled bikini shoes.? Few take her seriously as a reporter. To most, she is a trifle, a bobble, a lagniappe. Angela Martinelli survives a chopper crash, spends several days in the bunkers of the so-called Alamo Hilton during the siege of Khe Sanh, is captured briefly by the Viet Cong while trying to make her own way to the battle of Hue after being refused a hop on a military chopper because she isn?t male, and finally is badly wounded when a jeepload of other correspondents are killed in Cholon, the Chinese quarter of Saigon. Her life, loves and struggle to prove herself chronicle the deterioration of the war, the strategic battles around the Tet offensive, and the conflict raging back home over the conduct of the war. Not since Graham Greene has anyone captured so well the tedium and terror of reporting on war.

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“The action is riveting and the writing is clear, detailed and highly readable.An engrossing portrait of a woman among men in wartime.” --KIRKUS “I had a hard time believing this was a fictional book, as the writing and detail were so great. With the Vietnam War being such a controversial war, this book handled it, warts and all. It never came across as political. Totally engrossing, occasionally grandiose, but immensely entertaining. Charlene, http://literaryrr.blogspot.com “This story, of a young woman's odds-against struggle to survive as a war correspondent in Saigon, takes readers behind the grim 1960's headlines and into the minds and hearts of the military people who fought the war and the reporters who wrote about it. Tuohy, herself a former journalist, has written what may be the best novel yet to emerge from the Vietnam War.” –Albert Ashforth, author of The Rendition “This powerful military historical thriller focuses on journalists covering the Vietnam War, especially a feisty courageous woman crashing through the glass ceiling. When the storyline concentrates on the mundane between the key war moments, the plot slows down yet is even more discerning as the audience observes the journalists (and soldiers) dealing with ennui yet anticipating the next bipolar explosion.” Harriet Klausner, Amazon.com “Ms. Tuohy explores with deep honesty a woman's struggle to be free of the constraints of American society, and the incredible chauvinism of the time. It will amaze the reader to see how far we've come since then, but also how far back we've gone. This novel will remind you that freedom, in any form, is worth fighting for, and worth holding onto, no matter what the cost.”–Kaylie Jones, author of A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries “Written with attention to detail and a gift for story-telling . . . , the book lives up to its buzz. The Five O'Clock Follies may be added to the short list of good, well-written books about the press in Vietnam.” —David Willson, “Books in Brief,” The VVA Veteran, the national magazine of Vietnam Veterans of America

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Theasa Tuohy, novelist, journalist and playwright, is co-book writer of “Scandalous: The Musical,” an award winning show about the life of DH Lawrence and author of three novels featuring female reporters. Theasa was born in Oklahoma City, and is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. She has worked for five daily newspapers and the Associated Press. During her time as People Editor at the Detroit Free Press she profiled celebrities of the day such as former U.S. Supreme Court justice Arthur Goldberg, William S. Buckley Jr. while he was editor of the National Review and Gloria Steinem before she became the editor of Ms magazine. Feature stories she wrote for the Associated Press evolved into ideas for novels. A story about her adventuresome mother, a pioneering aviator also named Theasa Tuohy, is the genesis of her unpublished novel, “Jenny Flynn,” set in 1929 about the adventures of a debutante stunt pilot and a tabloid journalist. “French Twist,” a memoir about renovating her home in France, sprang from a story she wrote for the AP. She became fascinated by the Vietnam War after reporting on the Manhattan funeral of a lieutenant killed in that action. While working for the AP, she accidentally ended up covering the Oklahoma City bombing. She was there to celebrate her mother's birthday, April 19, when Timothy McVeigh bombed the federal building. She and her mother felt the explosion 60 blocks away, and Theasa jumped in her rental car, located the site, and worked for two 14-hour days. The last time she had been in that neighborhood was for her father's funeral. The stained glass windows were blown out of St. Joseph's church where he was buried. Victims of the catastrophe were treated at St. Anthony's, the hospital where she was born. She is currently working on a mystery set in Paris. She lives in Manhattan. She is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Dramatist Guild, Women's National Book Association, Pen, and Society of the Silurians, an association of veteran journalists. She has this to say about the writing of The Five O'Clock Follies: “My career in journalism spans quite a long period of time. It is hard to realize now how difficult it was for women only a few years ago. “As a young woman I was the first female assistant city editor in the 100-year history of the Detroit News, one of the largest afternoon dailies in the country at the time. By the time I left the Associated Press, I would look around the headquarters newsroom in New York and marvel at the number of women. The Five O'Clock Follies is a fictionalized account of one woman's early struggles.”

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