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Historical Fiction: World War II

 

A selection of current fiction about what life was like during World War II in different locations and for people filling diverse roles.

 

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The Undertaking

The Undertaking
Magee, Audrey

German soldier Peter Faber marries Katharina Spinell in an effort to escape the trenches of the Eastern front, but as the tide of war turns and Berlin falls, they find their simple dreams of family life increasingly elusive. (NoveList)


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Citadel

Citadel
Mosse, Kate

Deep within the Pyrenees, a group of courageous and determined female operatives--codenamed Citadel--fight to liberate their home from the Germans while protecting an ancient secret that, if discovered by the enemy, could change the course of history. (NoveList)


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The Ship of Brides: A Novel

The Ship of Brides: A Novel
Moyes, Jojo

From the New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You and One Plus One, in an earlier work available in the U.S. for the first time, a post-WWII story of the war brides who crossed the seas by the thousands to face their unknown futures. 1946. World War II has ended and all over the world, young women are beginning to fulfill the promises made to the men they wed in wartime. In Sydney, Australia, four women join 650 other war brides on an extraordinary voyage to England-aboard HMS Victoria, whichstill carries not just arms and aircraft but a thousand naval officers. (NoveList)


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The Wives of Los Alamos: A Novel

The Wives of Los Alamos: A Novel
Nesbit, TaraShea

"The Wives of Los Alamos" is a novel that sheds light onto one of the strangest and most monumental research projects in modern history. It's a testament to a remarkable group of women who carved out a life for themselves, in spite of the chaos of the war and the shroud of intense secrecy. (NoveList)


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The Wind Is Not A River

The Wind Is Not A River
Payton, Brian

Part adventure tale, part love story, this beautifully written novel offers a moving portrait of a couple whose lives are forever changed by the only battle of WWII to take place on American soil. Following the death of his brother in the war in Europe, grieving journalist John Easley feels an obligation to report on the war and talks himself onto a plane doing a bombing run over the Aleutian Islands. When the plane is shot down on Attu, he finds himself in a fight for his life as he battles hunger and the cold while hiding out from Japanese soldiers, who have shipped the natives off to internment camps and taken over the island. Meanwhile, back in Seattle, John’s wife, Helen, lies about her lack of experience and joins a USO troupe set to entertain American soldiers in the Aleutians, determining that she will be more likely to locate John and bring him home if she is closer to the battle action. (Booklist)


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The Street Sweeper: A Novel

The Street Sweeper: A Novel
Perlman, Elliot

From the author of "Seven Types of Ambiguity," an epic that reaches across generations and spans continents, revealing the interconnectedness and interdependence of humanity and the profound impact of memory on our lives. (NoveList)


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Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932: A Novel

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932: A Novel
Prose, Francine

Prose presents a house-of-mirrors historical novel built around a famous photograph by Brassai of two women at a table in a Paris nightclub. The one wearing a tuxedo is athlete, race-car driver, and Nazi collaborator Violette Morris. So intriguing and disturbing is her story, Prose considered writing a biography, but instead she forged an electrifying union of fact and fiction by creating a circle of witnesses and chroniclers of varying degrees of reliability. (Booklist)


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The Garden of Letters

The Garden of Letters
Richman, Alyson

Written in dazzling prose and set against the rich backdrop of World War II Italy, Garden of Letters captures the hope, suspense, and romance of an uncertain era, in an epic intertwining story of first love, great tragedy, and spectacular bravery. (NoveList)


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China Dolls: A Novel

China Dolls: A Novel
See, Lisa

The New York Times bestselling author of "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan," "Peony In Love," "Shanghai Girls," and "Dreams of Joy" returns with her highly anticipated new novel. A bold and bittersweet story of secrets and sacrifice, love and betrayal, prejudice and passion, "China Dolls" reveals a rich portrait of female friendship, as three young women navigate the "Chop Suey Circuit"--America's extravagant all-Asian revues of the 1930s and '40s--and endure the attack on Pearl Harbor and the shadow of World War II. (NoveList)


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The Illusion of Separateness: A Novel

The Illusion of Separateness: A Novel
Van Booy, Simon

Through seemingly random acts of selflessness, the lives of several individuals become intertwined, shattering the illusion of their separateness. (NoveList)


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