When the Men Were Gone by Marjorie Herrera Lewis

When the Men Were Gone

In Marjorie Herrera Lewis’s debut historical novel the inspiring true story of high school teacher Tylene Wilson—a woman who surprises everyone as she breaks with tradition to become the first high school football coach in Texas—comes to life."A wonderfully touching and beautiful story…Tylene makes me laugh, cry, and cheer for her in ways I have not done in a long time.”—Diane Les Bocquets, bestselling author of Breaking Wild  It's...

Details When the Men Were Gone

TitleWhen the Men Were Gone
Release DateOct 2nd, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Sports and Games, Sports, War, Adult Fiction

Reviews When the Men Were Gone

  • Quirkyreader
    First off I received this book as a giveaway from William Morrow. And for that I say thank you.I am not a big fan of American Football, but I still enjoyed this story that was based on a real person. And this story was very faith based, so it crosses genres over into Christian Fiction. The main character of this story had many obstacles to overcome and she did it with her best face forward.This story also makes for a good North American fall read...
  • michele
    I got this book as an uncorrected proof at a Book Expo.What an uplifting, powerful, and moving book that touched on the subjects of war, loss, and hope. But what I loved most about this book was it's reminder of what life was like for women back in the '40s and the social constraints they endured because they weren't seen as equal to men.I would recommend this book be added to a school's summer reading list as it is both entertaining and educatio...
  • Courtney Judy
    Another "based on a true story" that I completely missed it was true! A very fast and easy read that at times had me saying "are you serious??" while reading. Reminding me a little bit of "Wildcats" with Goldie Hawn, 'When the Men Were Gone' was a great story about a town in Texas whose high school football season was severely affected by the war and the strong woman that stepped up and became the football coach despite the verbal and mental abus...
  • Daniel Ross
    When I first saw the cover of this novel, I immediately remembered one of my favorite movies, "Summer of '42." The movie brilliantly details the adolescent lives and times of two boys too young to go off to WW II, the heartbreak of a young war widow, and how those life streams connect.The brilliance of Marjorie's based-on-a-true-story novel is that, like the movie did, it distills the life and times of people facing far-off WW II into a local con...
  • Dayle (the literary llama)
    A quick read with some shining moments and spotlight on another role that women fought to fill during WWII. The coaching chapters were by far the best and incredibly interesting and easy to get caught up in. But it also lacked plot focus in areas, with a lot of detailed filler that eventually felt unnecessary to the overall story arc (even though they were probably the factual parts of the history that the author wanted to convey). It was mostly ...
  • Melissa Isaacson
    Wonderful read with compelling characters that draw you in instantly and capture your heart. This is an amazing debut novel by Marjorie Herrera Lewis.
  • Jane
    Thanks to LibraryThing and Wm. Morrow for this ARC.I love books about strong women and this was one of them. Who would have thought in the 1940's a woman coaching a football team during the war because one coach was dead due to the war and the other was serving? Tylene who was an assistant principal and a former English teacher at this school, was determined to do so even with practically the whole town and some players against this. She grew up ...
  • Maureen
    There is nothing about football that interests me except this book. I'm totally confounded by how Marjorie Herrera Lewis kept me enrapt in a football story. Ok, it's not really a football story. It's a story of how a woman's strength, courage, and skill prevailed against the odds.Marjorie's story structure is a role model for establishing plot. I made note of how she added obstacle upon obstacle upon obstacle and raised the stakes for the charact...
  • Shelby Slay
    An engrossing and quick read, especially if you love football, World War II stories, and Texas. I wouldn't be surprised if we soon see this story on the big screen.
  • Madeleine
    Quick read. The story had a ton of potential but the writing wasn’t quite there.
  • whatsjennareading
    I absolutely love reading debuts. There is something really wonderful about taking part in a dream come to fruition. I have no doubt that writers put their heart and soul into all of the books they write, but I like to imagine that there is an extra something that goes into that first published work. Lewis’ debut checked a lot of boxes for me. It’s a historical novel based on a true story that has a strong female protagonist who defies societ...
  • Ruthie
    There is a compelling true story here, and I commend the author for trying to give credit to this brave woman and share her story. Sadly the story felt lifeless with the exception of the final few chapters. The author loves nothing more than a long sentence with many commas, which read as someone in a rush to spew out a thought. The dialogue sounds like an old 50's-60's sitcom and not at all natural. There are too many irrelevant details that add...
  • Chris Markley
    This quick reading book based on a true story tells the story of Tylene Wilson, an assistant principal in a small Texas town, who is determined to give the town a football season even though all the men are off fighting World War II. She loves her town and knows football so what could possibly be the problem. One of my favorite reads of the year. A must for readers of historical fiction and for readers that enjoy books about strong women.Thanks t...
  • Tami
    Lighthearted story about a football team with no coach during the 1940's. The town gets in an uproar when Tylene Wilson, a woman, steps up to coach.I was a bit taken aback at the animosity some of the men showed towards Tylene. After all, they sure didn't volunteer to take on the job.The story was a bit too sappy for my tastes, but I enjoyed it in spite of that. Good read for football season and to show how far women have come since the 1940's.
  • Shari Suarez
    A debut novel by a female sportswriter this is an uplifting and powerful story. It is based on a true story of a female football coach during WWII. As you can imagine, not everyone was thrilled with a female football coach but Tylene Wilson persevered to keep young men in high school and not heading off to war. This book was a quick read and it made me both angry and sad. This one should be a hit as it's subject matter is very timely and the book...
  • Kristin (Always With a Book)
    Full review posted on blog.
  • The Library Lady
    Something just doesn't work here. It's a good plot, so I think it's the narration. Perhaps the flat, dull tone of the narrator is typical of time and place (Texas during WWII), but it didn't make for an entertaining read.
  • E
    Interesting story, more so because based on true events. But the narrative arc felt a bit odd, with not much of the actual football games she coached
  • Devon H
    Heavy on the football and the feminism, this is a historical fiction novel to look out for featuring a small town in Texas in 1944. Miss Tylene Wilson is the assistant principal at Brownwood High School, and she's got her work cut out for her. However, she's concerned for a new reason this season, and it's that football might be cancelled due to WWII's toll on the male population. Tylene's been an avid football fan all her life, for reasons that ...
  • Stephanie
    Tylene Wilson was born and bred in Texas, a football fan through and through. More than that, she fully understood the game and the players thanks to her father's lessons. Tylene is now the assistant principle in Brownwood, TX, the year is 1944 and most of the men have gone to war, including some of her students and their football coach. Tylene knows the importance of football for the boys and the town; with the threat of the football season bein...
  • Marilyn
    I received this book from William Morrow, who listed this book for a Goodreads giveaway. This book is historical fiction and was based on Tylene Wilson who is actually a real person and this is her story. It is a short read but I found it very interesting. It is a story about a strong woman in a town in Brownwood, Texas whose high school football season was severely affected by the war. The high school was going to cancel the football season afte...
  • Shannon Briggs
    This book caught my interest due to the fact that it is a historical fiction, was written by a woman, and had a female protagonist. When all the men are off to war, there is no one to coach the high school football team in a small Texas town. Although an unlikely candidate, Miss Tylene knows football inside and out thanks to her father teaching her the game and bringing her to the field every Friday night for as long as she can remember. Not ever...
  • Caitlin Allen
    Thank you to William Morrow for the free review copy. All opinions are my own. I loved this book for a number of reasons, but one of the biggest was because of the character of Tylene. Her character is strong and stubborn. I enjoyed reading about a woman that didn't let anyone stop her, even when it meant sacrificing so much. It broke my heart when the characters around her in this book didn't support her. She became a football coach to keep boy...
  • Chelsea Hetherington
    Thanks to GoodReads and William Morrow for an advance copy of “When the Men Were Gone” by Marjorie Herrera Lewis.“When the Men Were Gone” follows the story of high-school-principal-turned-football-coach, Tylene Wilson. The story takes place in a small town in Texas during World War II. With all eligible adult men off fighting overseas, Tylene (reluctantly at first) steps into the role of football coach, hoping that having something to wor...
  • Jennifer
    I loved so much about this book and Tylene’s story is one that I am very happy to see told. Unfortunately, there is something about the writing that made all the characters seem distant. When The Men Were Gone is an excellent look into small town football during World War II. Reading the struggle and being reminded of what women went through in the 40’s was well worth it. Sadly, when you final reach the end, there is only one football game an...
  • Denise
    I received this book as an uncorrected proof during TLA in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to William Morrow for making it available to librarians. I do plan to purchase it for one of my libraries. Set in Texas, this was a must read for me. Not exactly a feel good book, but one that makes you glad to be an American. We are so blessed that there are men, young men who want to protect our country. This book, however, is based on the true s...
  • Marietta Slater
    This was an ARC book for me. I liked this book and was ready to give it 5 stars; however, the back of the book sounds like this was a true story and Lewis was enchanted by her story. I get that; however, I have googled the coaches of Brownwood, Texas, both high school and the college there, and Tylene Wilson's name does not show up anywhere. So I am confused. Back to the storyline: I loved it. Tylene had a very strong and persistent nature and sh...
  • Dana Wright
    When the Men Were Gone was a interesting historical novel. I liked the book. I love football, high school, college and the NFL and until just recently I had never really thought about the fact that women were not really involved in football not as sportscasters, coaches or in any other way. In the 1940s women were treated awful in men’s jobs. The book has made me want to research the why are that not that many women as sportscasters. Is because...
  • Joan Mitchell
    Women win again. A touching tale of WWII when women stepped outside of their traditional roles to fill the spaces left vacant when the men and young boys went to fight. Living and knowing football from an early age, the vice principle of a Texas high school decides to coach the football team when a male coach can't be found. The trials and ridicule she faces resonates with every person who has tried to fill someone else shoes. I recommend this bo...
  • Lisa N
    2.5 rounded up to 3. Historical fiction based on the true story of a teacher who becomes the first female high school football coach in Texas during WWII. This book takes place over the course of a couple of weeks. It focuses on Miss Tylene volunteering for the coaching position, the opposition she meets and the outcome of the first game. I was a little disappointed it didn’t go thru the whole season. This was a quick, easy read that I would co...