Step into the captivating world of “Sad Eyes: Book One: 1912 to 1939: A Nurse’s love of her country during WW II” as The Two Mikes engage in a riveting interview with the accomplished author, Dan Perkins. With six novels and three children’s books under his belt, Perkins unveils his latest literary masterpiece, offering readers a glimpse into the remarkable life of Mary Ellen Murphy.
Born in 1912 in Waterloo, Iowa, Murphy’s journey unfolds in this fictional memoir that spans her formative years, education, career, relationships, and the eve of war. The narrative is a skillful blend of femininity, a quest for independence, common sense, and the development of the ability to navigate a male-dominated society. Perkins is lauded for his adept portrayal of Murphy’s character, drawing readers into a world that mirrors the challenges and triumphs of a bygone era.
After leaving her hometown, Murphy embarks on a transformative journey, attending nursing school in Chicago and later training as an Emergency Room nurse. The narrative paints a vivid picture of Murphy’s relentless pursuit of her medical skills, working tirelessly in the hospital after classes and on weekends to finance her education. Graduating with flying colors, Murphy moves to Chicago and eventually San Diego, where she takes up a pivotal role with the U.S. military in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Assigned to assess the quality of medical supplies crucial for addressing wounds in case of war, Murphy uncovers a startling truth—poorly stored and subpar supplies. Thus begins her journey towards greater confidence, increasing responsibilities, and the respect of her peers and seniors as the specter of war looms over America.
Dan Perkins, with his extensive background as an investment adviser spanning 50 years, adds another layer to the narrative, contributing to the ongoing effort to build a comprehensive picture of the pivotal roles played by women during World War II. From medicine to air transport, scientific research, administration, and espionage, “Sad Eyes” promises to be a welcome addition to the collective understanding of this crucial period in history.
Intricately woven with historical nuances and a strong female protagonist, “Sad Eyes” stands as a testament to Dan Perkins’ storytelling prowess. The interview with The Two Mikes not only introduces readers to this compelling narrative but also invites them to explore the multifaceted contributions of women in shaping the course of World War II—an exploration that should resonate with all Americans.
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