For Rouenna

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Compass Press, May 1, 2002 - Fiction - 273 pages
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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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User 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


User 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


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Sigrid Nunez is the author of five novels. She has won two awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Rome Prize in Literature. She lives in New York City.

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