Flora J. Solomon A Pledge of Silence

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A Pledge of Silence

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2014 Winner — Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award — General Fiction

When Margie Bauer joins the Army Nurse Corps in 1941, she is delighted to be sent to Manila, the Pearl of the Orient. Though rumors of war circulate, she feels safe, trusting the island is fortified and the Filipino troops are well trained.

On December 8, 1941, her dreamworld shatters when the Japanese invade the Philippines. The US Army evacuates to the Bataan Peninsula, where she cares for the wounded soldiers in a field hospital, and then in a catacomb of tunnels on Corregidor Island. Ultimately captured, she is interned in Santo Tomas, a Japanese prison camp, where for three years she endures escalating danger, starvation, and loss.

At once an epic tale of a nation at war and the deeply personal story of one woman’s intense journey, A Pledge of Silence vividly illustrates the sacrifices the Greatest Generation made for their country, and the price they continued to pay long after the war ended.

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Flora J. Solomon relocated from Michigan’s winter wonderland to the beautiful North Carolina coast, where, between visits from her children and grandchildren, she enjoys a hard-won tennis match and an occasional round of golf. Her debut novel, A Pledge of Silence, is set during World War II and captures the experience of American military nurses held as prisoners of war.

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This intricately woven novel asks the question, “how much can one woman take before she breaks?” Margie is a young farm girl who goes to nursing school and becomes an active nurse during World War II. The author does a dazzling job of pulling the reader into the story. The book begins in November 2000, when Margie is an old woman attending the funeral of her daughter, Barbara. The author then moves Margie back in time in a rather unique way that makes the reader wonder whether Margie is experiencing her own thoughts or really witnessing her younger life. This story not only reveals the struggles and discrimination women endured in this period of history, but the lengths some had to take to protect themselves. The images of the attack on Manila by the Japanese are vividly rendered: "Down at the docks, chaos reigned as masses of people crowded the shore, desperately seeking transport to safer islands. The brown, oil-slicked water churned with debris. Everything that floated got pressed into service. The nurses pushed their way down to the water's edge to look for their boat." The characters are well-developed and believable. And the settings in the book truly become characters—whether the action is in middle America or the Philippines. The pace of this book is near perfect. An amazing story that will leave readers thinking about the characters long after they the final page. Perfect ingredients for a breakout novel.

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