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Playing Army

Playing Army, the debut novel from Nancy Stroer, is a honest, intimate, sometimes humorous book about a complex female Army veteran who served, struggled, and succeeds on her own terms.

Here is the book’s blurb:

Can you really fake it till you make it? Lieutenant Minerva Mills is about to find out.

It's 1995 and the Army units of Fort Stewart, Georgia, are gearing up to deploy to Bosnia. But Min has no intention of going to war-torn Eastern Europe. Her father disappeared in Vietnam and-longing for some connection to him-she's determined to go on a long-promised tour to Asia. The colonel will only release her on two conditions: she ensures the rag-tag Headquarters Company is ready for the peacekeeping mission and she gets her weight within Army regs.

Min only has one summer to kick everyone's butts into shape, but the harder she plays Army, the more the soldiers-and her body-rebel. If she can't even get the other women on her side, much less lose those eight lousy pounds, she'll never have another chance to stand where her father once stood in Vietnam. The colonel may sweep her along to Bosnia or throw her out of the Army altogether. Or Min may be forced to conclude that no amount of faking it will ever be enough to make it and, as was true for her father, the Army is an impossible space for her to occupy.

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2015 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Writers in Creative Prose

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