a novel, FSG/Picador
A haunting story about the poignant and unusual friendship between a novelist and the retired army nurse who seeks her out. A story about truth, memory, and unexpected heroism.
"Those of us who aren’t firemen or nurses or doctors have been feeling a little lost since Sept. 11—what are we meant to do with ourselves? Nunez’s book tells us just what to do." — Newsday
"For Rouenna is about everything: war and remembrance, how we invent our ‘selves’ and why; why we kill ourselves—or live. I was dazzled by this book."
—The Washington Post Book World
"Nunez fashions the Vietnam novel we didn’t know we were missing." — New York Daily News
“Beautifully written … mesmerizing … enthralling.” — O, The Oprah Magazine
“A stellar addition to—and keen twist on—a genre that up until now has been dominated by men.
— Time Out New York
“[Nunez’s] best novel to date…. Her spare voice … gives even the simplest descriptions of place and weather unsettling force and beauty.” — The Village Voice
“One of the best American novels I’ve read in a long time …[an] artful triptych of a novel.”
— The Women’s Review of Books