Historical Fiction books about World War 2

August 29, 2016
LOTS of Historical Fiction

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

A Novel

Book - 2014

A U.S. release of a modern classic is based on the author's real experiences and follows the story of three prisoners of war who must negotiate the complex emotions and belief-challenging intimacies of survival in a male-only prison camp. (NoveList)

Book - 2012

When an isolated Jewish village in Romania is threatened by war in 1939, the suggestions of a young child and a mysterious stranger who has washed up on the riverbank compels the community to reinvent itself while completely detaching from the known world, a creative plan that involves disturbing reassignments of jobs and families. (NoveList)

In this highly anticipated new novel, Irishman Jack McNulty is a "temporary gentleman"-an Irishman whose commission in the British army in World War II was never permanent. Sitting in his lodgings in Accra, Ghana, in 1957, he's writing the story of hislife with desperate urgency. A lifetime of war and world travel-as a soldier in World War II, an engineer, a UN observer-has brought him to this point. Butthe memory that weighs heaviest on his heart is that of the beautiful Mai Kirwan, and their tempestuous, heartbreaking marriage. (NoveList)

No One Is Here Except All of UsA Novel

Book - 2013

A Parisian architect is paid handsomely to devise secret hiding spaces for Jews in his Nazi-occupied country but struggles with risking his life for a cause he is ambivalent towards, until a personal failure brings home their suffering. (NoveList)

Growing up on Kadena Air Base with her no-nonsense sergeant mother, Luz suffers suicidal thoughts in the aftermath of her soldier sister's death and investigates the story of her Okinawan grandmother, who also confronted her mortality after the World War II deaths of family members. (NoveList)

Hoping to safeguard themselves from the ravages of World War II within the walls of their ancient villa in Florence, the noble Rosatis family become prisoners in their home when eighteen-year-old Cristina's courtship by a German lieutenant prompts the Nazis to take over the estate, a situation that leads to a serial murder investigation years later. (NoveList)

The Temporary GentlemanBook - 2014

A powerful retelling of the biblical story of Esther set during WWII: Blond and blue-eyed Jewess Hadassah Benjamin must save her people-even if she cannot save herself. (NoveList)

A love story told in letters spans two world wars and follows the correspondence between a poet on the Scottish Isle of Skye and an American volunteer ambulance driver for the French Army, an affair that is discovered years later when the poet disappears. (NoveList)

David Warburg, newly minted director of the U.S. War Refugee Board, arrives in Rome at war's end, determined to bring aid to the destitute European Jews streaming into the city. Marguerite d'Erasmo, a French-Italian Red Cross worker with a shadowed past, is initially Warburg's guide to a complicated Rome; while a charismatic young American Catholic priest, Monsignor Kevin Deane, seems equally committed to aiding Italian Jews. Marguerite, caught between justice and revenge, is forced to play a double game. (NoveList)

The Paris ArchitectBook - 2013

Hearing rumors of the construction of a formidable Japanese battleship capable of adversely shifting power in World War II, Lieutenant Commander Gar Hammond is charged with leading a first American submarine into the Inland Sea in the hopes of finding and stopping the seemingly invincible ship. (NoveList)

From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, a stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.Ten years in the writing, All the Light We Cannot See is his most ambitious and dazzling work. (NoveList)

A young woman's journey through the 1945 firebombing of Tokyo, and the stories of three Americans who shape her fate. (NoveList)

A new novel, set in North Africa and Sicily at the end of World War II, by the author Julian Barnes called one of the best British writers to emerge in the last decade. (NoveList)

April, 1944. The quiet rural village of Stark, New Hampshire is irrevocably changed by the arrival of 150 German prisoners of war. And one family, unexpectedly divided, must choose between love and country. (NoveList)

Raised by her grandparents in Brooklyn Heights during World War II, Wally Baker avoids the traditional interests of young women, harbors suspicions about a boarder, and explores secrets from her mother's past in the aftermath of a tragedy on V-J Day. (NoveList)

Above the East China Sea The Light in the Ruins For Such A Time Letters From Skye
Source: seattle.bibliocommons.com
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