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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Lilac Girls


 
Recently out in paperback, ereader, and audio if you or your book club missed it you can easily catch up. It’s Martha Hall Kelly’s debut novel Lilac Girls.

This bestseller was based on the true life of several World War II heroines.  First  New York socialite Caroline Faraday a dilettante appearing  do-gooder  who shows her true essence as Hitler’s army invades Poland in 1939 with courage, determination and a strong sense of justice.

 Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement. In a tense atmosphere of watchful eyes and suspecting neighbors, one false move can have dire consequences. 
For the ambitious young German doctor, Herta Oberheuser, an ad for a government medical position seems her ticket out of a desolate life. Once hired, though, she finds herself trapped in a male-dominated realm of Nazi secrets and power.

 The lives of these three women are set on a collision course when the unthinkable happens and Kasia is sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women. Their stories cross continents—from New York to Paris, Germany, and Poland—as Caroline and Kasia strive to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten.

Lest we never forget, this harrowing  fictional tale, based on well researched facts and real people,  not only illuminates a dark page in human history it gives us a fresh female point of view. . .  Although read either non fiction or fiction about the Holocaust is not for the faint hearted it is necessary.  Though  parts of the book,  like life in high New York society left me uninterested or unanswered questions where character develop was lacking in depth frustrated,  overall this story was riveting.  Perhaps it was the little known aspect of Ravensbruck  being the only Nazi concentration camp solely for women that made it so…..  In any case it’s been a while since I read Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See that I’ve read one so interesting….

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14 comments:

donna baker said...

ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE is my favorite of all the recent holocaust books. NIGHTINGALE was good too.

Michelle said...

A good selection for my summer reading list. Four more days of school left!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Sounds like one I should read Thanks TB:)

Linda said...

Sounds interesting but... I read a couple of books about that terrible time period when I was young and I am still sad about them.

Valerie said...

I heard someone talking about this book and I was interested then. I must see if I can buy it.

Linda McLaughlin said...

I've been keeping an eye on this one, so I found your review particularly interesting. Holocaust books are hard to read and I have been avoiding them for a while now, after reading a lot about WWII and the Holocaust when I was younger. They were hard to read then.

Arkansas Patti said...

I like the idea of the view from three entirely different stations in life. Holocaust books are hard but we must never forget. I will check this one out. Thanks.

Cynthia said...

Thanks for the review. I put in a request at the library.

Powell River Books said...

I've never heard about the the women's only camp. Reading is so educational and enlightening. - Margy

NCmountainwoman said...

I've looked at this book a dozen times and passed. Now I will definitely pick it up. I watched a PBS series "A Place to Call Home" and the heroine had been two years at Ravensbruck. I had never heard of it before and read a good deal about it. One of their most heinous practices was to harness a woman to a giant stone wheel which she was forced to pull until she died of exhaustion. Painful reading but such an important part of history.

Janie said...

Wow, this does sound like a great book club book. I loved ALL the Light We Cannot See.

Linda said...

A great review, dear Trout. Thank you so much for sharing.

Nora said...

Wow this book looks amazing. I am always looking for something like this and never finding it. I will scan down all the other blogs you have on here. I think all these books fit into my interests. Thanks so much.

Sarah Laurence said...

A similar book would be Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein, historical fiction set at women's concentration camp. I loved All the Light We Cannot See and this book sounds intriguing too. Thanks for sharing!