After my first book was published I received some letters. So begins Sigrid Nunez’s haunting novel about the poignant and unusual friendship between a novelist and the retired army nurse who seeks her out. Among the letters the narrator receives is one from a Rouenna Zycinski, who recalls a forgotten childhood connection and asks for a meeting. First wary, then fascinated by the stories Rouenna tells about her life as a combat nurse in Vietnam, the narrator declines her request that they collaborate on a memoir. Only later, in the aftermath of Rouenna’s shocking death, is the narrator drawn to write about her friend – and her friend’s war. Writing Rouenna’s story soon becomes all-consuming, at once a necessity and a solace. For Rouenna is a remarkable and surprising new look at war by one of the most gifted writers of her generation.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - TimBazzett - LibraryThing
The title "For Rouenna" comes from the kind of inscription authors often write in the flyleaf of a book when asked for an autograph from a reader/fan. The title character, Rouenna Zycinski, was one of ... Read full review
FOR ROUENNAUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Whiting winner Nuņez (A Feather on the Breath of God, 1995, etc.) spins a moving tale about the unlikely friendship between a recently successful young writer and the old neighbor who seeks her.On the ... Read full review