Gramercy Book Club Selects THE WOMEN by Kristin Hannah! Discussion Facilitated by Kelley Griesmer!

Tuesday, April 2, 2024 - 6:30pm
Gramercy Books
2424 East Main Street
Bexley, OH 43209

From master storyteller Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Nightingale and The Four Winds, comes THE WOMEN, an emotionally-charged story of a turbulent, transformative era in America: the 1960s, and the women who put themselves in harm’s way to help others. Kelley Griesmer, CEO of The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio, will facilitate the group discussion.

Kittie’s will be open only to attendees, beginning at 5:00 pm, with beverages and sweet and savory snacks available for purchase. Book discussion begins at 6:30 pm.
Registration is on Eventbrite. A ticket to this program includes a copy of The Women.  It is strongly encouraged that registrants read the book prior to the program.

THE WOMEN’S FUND OF CENTRAL OHIO is Gramercy’s Community Partner for this book club program.

The Women is that rarest of novels—at once an intimate portrait of a woman coming of age in a dangerous time and an epic tale of a nation divided by war and broken by politics, of a generation both fueled by dreams and lost on the battlefield. 

“Women can be heroes, too.” 

When twenty-year-old nursing student Frances “Frankie” McGrath hears these unexpected words, it is a revelation. Raised on idyllic Coronado Island and sheltered by her conservative parents, she has always prided herself on doing the right thing, being a good girl. But in 1965 the world is changing, and she suddenly imagines a different choice for her life. When her brother ships out to serve in Vietnam, she impulsively joins the Army Nurse Corps and follows his path. 

As green and inexperienced as the men sent to Vietnam to fight, Frankie is overwhelmed by the chaos and destruction of war, as well as the unexpected trauma of coming home to a changed and politically divided America. 

The Women is the story of one woman gone to war, but it shines a light on the story of all women who put themselves in harm’s way to help others. Women whose sacrifice and commitment to their country has all too often been forgotten. A novel of searing insight and lyric beauty, The Women is a profoundly emotional, richly drawn story with a memorable heroine whose extraordinary idealism and courage under fire define a generation.

Kelley Griesmer is the President and CEO of The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio, a public foundation committed to transforming the lives of women and girls through research, grantmaking and advocacy. Kelley’s career includes both for-profit and non-profit roles. In 2008, she left her career as a partner at the Jones Day law firm to help found Pelotonia, a social movement that raises funds for transformational cancer research. Thereafter, Kelley served on The Columbus Foundation’s leadership team where she focused on special initiatives. Kelley graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and history from Indiana University. She also holds a juris doctorate degree with honors from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.