My third place historical fiction pick of 2016…
This is the one that started me on a historical turn this year. I grabbed it along for spring break road trip and it ruined every other book I brought with me. The rest simply couldn’t compare. It is adult fiction, not young adult, with a bit of language and some sexuality (not inappropriately done, though it contains abuse). Suitable for upper teens interested in WWII.
I’m borrowing the “official” blurb:
In the quiet village of Carriveau, France, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France…but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne’s home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive.
Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can…completely. But when he betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and never looks back, risking her life time and again to save others.
Superb storytelling. Beautiful story. Grimly nostalgia. Historical fiction at its best.