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TitleSwitchboard soldiers [text (large print)] : a novel / Jennifer Chiaverini. First Harper Large Print edition. Ed
AuthorChiaverini, Jennifer, author.
CollectionAdult Large Print Fiction
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LocationCirc StatusCall NoIssue Name
WinamacDue on 9/6/2022LP FIC CHI 

Catalog Details

International Standard Book Number 9780063241978 (large print ; paperback)
International Standard Book Number 0063241978 (large print ; paperback)
Dewey Decimal Classification Number 813/.54 23
Personal Name Chiaverini, Jennifer, author.
Title Statement Switchboard soldiers [text (large print)] : a novel / Jennifer Chiaverini.
Edition Statement First Harper Large Print edition.
Production, Publication, Distribution, Manufacture, and Copyright Notice ©2022.
Production, Publication, Distribution, Manufacture, and Copyright Notice New York, NY : Harper Large Print, an imprint of HarperCollins Pulishers, [2022]
Physical Description 736 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Content Type text txt rdacontent.
Media Type unmediated n rdamedia.
Carrier Type volume nc rdacarrier.
Physical Medium large print rda.
General Note "A novel of the heroic women who served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War I"--Cover.
Bibliography, Etc. Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 733-736).
Summary, Etc. "From New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini, a bold, revelatory novel about one of the great untold stories of World War I-the women of the US Army Signal Corps, who broke down gender barriers in the military, smashed the workplace glass ceiling, and battled a pandemic as they helped lead the Allies to victory. In June 1917, General John Pershing arrived in France to establish American forces in Europe. He immediately found himself unable to communicate with troops in the field. Pershing needed operators who could swiftly and accurately connect multiple calls, speak fluent French and English, remain steady under fire, and be utterly discreet, since the calls often conveyed classified information. At the time, nearly all well-trained American telephone operators were women, but women were not permitted to enlist, or even to vote in most states. Nevertheless, the U.S. Army Signal Corps promptly began recruiting them. More than 7,600 women responded, including Grace Banker of New Jersey, a switchboard instructor with AT & T and an alumna of Barnard College; Marie Miossec, a Frenchwoman and aspiring opera singer; and Valerie DeSmedt, a twenty-year-old Pacific Telephone operator from Los Angeles, determined to strike a blow for her native Belgium. They were among the first women sworn into the U.S. Army under the Articles of War. The male soldiers they had replaced had needed one minute to connect each call. The switchboard soldiers could do it in ten seconds. The risk of death was real, the women worked as bombs fell around them, as was the threat of a deadly new disease: the Spanish Flu. Not all of the telephone operators would survive."-- Provided by publisher.
Subject-Personal Name Banker, Grace, 1892-1960 Fiction.
Subject United States. Army. Signal Corps Fiction.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Women soldiers United States 20th century Fiction.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term World War, 1914-1918 Participation, Female Fiction.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Telephone operators Fiction.
Index Term-Genre/Form Historical fiction. lcgft.
Index Term-Genre/Form Large type books.
Index Term-Genre/Form Novels. lcgft.
Index Term-Genre/Form War fiction. lcgft.
Location LP FIC CHI 31662001697812

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