We That Were Young by Irene Rathbone
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   This fierce anti-war novel by Irene Rathbone (1892-1980) is told from the perspective of a cultured former suffragist and several of her friends- young women who work at rest camps just behind the lines in France and as nurses of the severely wounded in hospitals in London. When Joan loses both her brother and lover to the war, in anger at the enemy she volunteers for work in a munitions plant- but by the end, she is a confirmed pacifist.

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Jane Marcus was educated at Radcliffe College, Brandeis University, and Northwestern University. She has been a visiting professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle and a research fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Published November 10, 1988 by Virago Press Ltd. 490 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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While there are some graphic descriptions of war wounds and factory accidents, it's mostly wartime glamour and terrific fun: freedom to live away from home and meet lots of adoring soldiers--all "poor dears," "darlings" and "pets."

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