I wanted to give a shout-out to a historical novel I edited for Crickhollow Books a couple of years ago.
A War of Her Own, by Sylvia Dickey Smith, is an ideal novel to recommend for Women’s History Month. It’s the story of a young mother who goes to work in the shipyards of Orange, Texas, during World War II.
The historical novel won won nice accolades following its release in 2010.
“A well-written book.” – Dallas Morning News
Best Novel of the Year – Press Women of Texas
Best Novel of the Year, 2nd Place Award – National Federation of Press Women
The book is based in part on Smith’s own family heritage, as her mother indeed went to work during World War II in the shipyards of Orange, Texas, in a remarkable era in our nation’s history when many men were called into service abroad and women stepped up to fill essential jobs at factories, albeit often in the face of ongoing prejudice, harassment, and discrimination.
As a book editor, it’s a true delight to edit a novel that is so rich in its sense of place and storytelling panache . . . and that stands up for women’s dignity and respect, addressing fairness in the workplace and family and childcare issues at home.
Sylvia also writes a blog, Writing Strong Women, found on her website.