St. Martin’s Press has just released a video in which the author Heath Hardage Lee discusses her upcoming, ground-breaking book, The League of Wives: The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the U.S. Government to Bring Their Husbands Home from Vietnam.
Lee for the first times spins out the complete story of the group of women who took matters into their own hands after the U.S. government and military all but ignored them and their POW husbands’ plight. The women—including Jane Denton, Sybil Stockdale, Louise Mulligan, Andrea Rander, Phyllis Galanti, and Helene Knapp–went on to form the The National League of Families, to lobby for their cause.
The book has been receiving excellent pre-publication buzz, and earlier this month Fox 2000 and the actress Reese Witherspoon announced that they have acquired the rights to adapt the book–which will be published in April–into a Hollywood movie. Witherspoon will co-produce the film through her Hello Sunshine production company.
“At Hello Sunshine, we strive to showcase brave, brilliant female characters, and the women of League of Wives are all of that and more,” Witherspoon said. “From the minute I heard about this inspiring true story, I knew it was a perfect fit for us. I’m excited to be partnering with the team at Fox 2000 to bring this special book to life onscreen, and to be giving audiences a glimpse at this meaningful moment in American history.”