Ryan Leigh Dostie – Formation


Cheryl Strayed’s Wild meets Anthony Swofford’s Jarhead in this powerful literary memoir of a young Army recruit driven to prove herself in a man’s world.

Raised by powerful women in a restrictive, sheltered Christian community in New England, Ryan Dostie never imagined herself on the front lines of a war halfway around the world. But then a conversation with an Army recruiter in her high-school cafeteria changes the course of her life. Hired as a linguist, she quickly has to find a space for herself in the testosterone-filled world of the Army barracks, and has been holding her own until the unthinkable happens: she is raped by a fellow soldier.

Struggling with PTSD and commanders who don’t trust her story, Dostie finds herself fighting through the isolation of trauma amid the challenges of an unexpected war. What follows is a riveting story of one woman’s extraordinary journey to prove her worth, physically and mentally, in a world where the odds are stacked against her.

“Vital, brutal and absolutely compelling…A significant standout.” (Marilyn Dahl, Shelf Awareness)

Author: Ryan Leigh Dostie
Narrator: Ryan Leigh Dostie
Duration: 12 hours 37 minutes
Released: 19 Apr 2006
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Language: English

User Review:

snorkel fallen

This was recommended to me from a friend. I probably would have missed it otherwise. I dont usually read books about rape and its aftermath. This book was very different because it dealt with the treatment of women in the military good and bad. I cant recommend it enough.