Inette Miller has been a national and international journalist, lecturer, and writing workshop teacher throughout her life. She has published three memoirs and one collection of personal essays. Each memoir defines a pivotal, transformative life juncture, within late twentieth-century cultural currents. Her memoirs have been produced as feature film; translated into a half dozen languages; and honored with national awards. Inette lives with her husband a Native Hawaiian cultural practitioner on the island of Kauai. She can be reached at www.InetteMiller.com
Girls Don't! A Woman's War in Vietnam
The year is 1970; the war in Vietnam is five years from over. The women's movement is newly resurgent, and feminists are summarily reviled as "libbers." Inette Miller is one year out of college: a reporter for a small-town newspaper. Her boyfriend gets drafted and issued orders to Vietnam. Within their few remaining days together, Inette marries her Army private, determined to accompany him to war.
There are obstacles. All wives of US military are prohibited in-country. With the aid of her newspaper's editor, Inette finagles a one-month work visa and becomes a war reporter. Her newspaper cannot afford life insurance beyond that. After thirty days, she is on her own.
Girls Don't! is the story of what happens when a twenty-three-year-old feminist makes her way into the land of machismo. This is a war story, a love story, and an openhearted confessional within the burgeoning women's movement, chronicling its demands and its rewards.
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Awards and Recognition
- Visionary Book of the Year Award, 2010
- Virginia Center for Creative Arts Fellowship