Anthony Doerr’s All the Light You Cannot See has been on the New York Times Bestseller List for the past 15 weeks. Set during World War II, this novel alternates between the point of view of a blind French girl, Marie-Laure, and a young, orphaned German man, Werner. I won’t go into more detail as Dory has already written a fascinating review of it on the For the Love of Reading blog. The wait for this book may be long, but here are some titles that are available now.
Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
Written during the Nazi occupation of France by a Jewish woman who ultimately perished in Auschwitz, Suite Francaise’s fictional account of the Nazi occupation depicts how the inhabitants of Paris and rural France experienced the war and had to learn to coexist with the enemy.
Set in rural Germany spanning the period immediately before, during and after World War II, dwarf Trudi becomes the town librarian. She learns many of the townspeople’s secrets in her position, and uses them to get back at the people who have treated her unkindly. When Hitler comes to power, Trudi uses all the means available to her to protect those who have been kind to her-including Jewish families.
In the Wolf’s Mouth by Adam Foulds
Set in North Africa and Sicily at the end of World War II, this novel tracks the Allie’s attempt to chase the Germans from North Africa toward the Italian mainland. Told through the eyes of an English officer, and American soldier and an Italian shepherd, this vivid and haunting novel will leave you breathless.
Jacob’s Oath by Martin Fletcher
Holocaust survivors Jacob and Sarah meet in Heidelberg after the war. Jacob is consumed with anger and won’t rest until he has killed his younger brother’s murderer- a SS guard nicknamed “the Rat.” Jacob must choose between revenge and love in this heart wrenching and captivating novel.