Seattle Picks: Historical Fiction--World War II

Bitter Eden
Bitter Eden A Novel By Afrika, Tatamkulu Book - 2014 FIC AFRIKA 2014 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 5 copies

Annotation: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)

No One Is Here Except All of Us
No One Is Here Except All of Us By Ausubel, Ramona Book - 2012 FIC AUSUBEL 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 9 copies

Annotation: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)

The Temporary Gentleman
The Temporary Gentleman By Barry, Sebastian Book - 2014 FIC BARRY 2014 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 9 copies

Annotation: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)

The Paris Architect
The Paris Architect A Novel By Belfoure, Charles Book - 2013 FIC BELFOUR 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 9 copies

Annotation: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)

Above the East China Sea
Above the East China Sea A Novel By Bird, Sarah Book - 2014 FIC BIRD 2014 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 15 on 12 copies

Annotation: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)

The Light in the Ruins
The Light in the Ruins A Novel By Bohjalian, Chris Book - 2013 FIC BOHJALI 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 29 copies

Annotation: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)

For Such A Time
For Such A Time By Breslin, Kate Book - 2014 FIC BRESLIN 2014 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 4 copies

Annotation: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)

Letters From Skye
Letters From Skye A Novel By Brockmole, Jessica Book - 2013 FIC BROCKMO 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 5 copies

Annotation: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)

Warburg in Rome
Warburg in Rome By Carroll, James Book - 2014 FIC CARROLL 2014 Available in some locations Holds: 9 on 36 copies

Annotation: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 Ghosts of Bungo Suido
The Ghosts of Bungo Suido By Deutermann, Peter T. Book - 2013 FIC DEUTERM 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation: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)

All the Light We Cannot See
All the Light We Cannot See A Novel By Doerr, Anthony Book - 2014 FIC DOERR 2014 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 1153 on 214 copies

Annotation: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)

The Gods of Heavenly Punishment
The Gods of Heavenly Punishment By Epstein, Jennifer Cody Book - 2013 FIC EPSTEIN 2013 Available in some locations

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

In the Wolf's Mouth
In the Wolf's Mouth By Foulds, Adam Book - 2014 FIC FOULDS 2014 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 8 copies

Annotation: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)

The Major's Daughter
The Major's Daughter By Francis, J. P. Book - 2014 FIC FRANCIS 2014 Available in some locations

Annotation: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)

When the World Was Young
When the World Was Young A Novel By Gaffney, Elizabeth Book - 2014 FIC GAFFNEY 2014 Available in some locations

Annotation: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)

Middle C
Middle C A Novel By Gass, William H. Book - 2013 FIC GASS 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Joseph Skizzen's family fled from Austria in 1938 to London where his father disappeared, he and his family then relocated to small town Ohio and Joseph grows up to be a decent piano player with a deeply fractured sense of identity. (NoveList)

The Commandant of Lubizec
The Commandant of Lubizec A Novel of the Holocaust and Operation Reinhard By Hicks, Patrick Book - 2014 FIC HICKS 2014 Available in some locations

Annotation:Tells a documentary-style story of rebellion, survival, and life amid death in a fictitious death camp, shedding new light on the chilling events that took place in 1939 Poland. (NoveList)

Motherland By Hummel, Maria Book - 2014 FIC HUMMEL 2014 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 10 copies

Annotation:A tale inspired by stories from the author's father's childhood in Germany as well as letters between her Nazi-compliant grandparents traces the experiences of widowed surgeon Frank, who to provide for his children after being drafted into military service remarries a young woman who struggles to keep one of the children from being declared mentally unfit. (NoveList)

The Winter Guest
The Winter Guest By Jenoff, Pam Book - 2014 FIC JENOFF 2014 Available in some locations

Annotation:When they discover a Jewish Allied paratrooper stranded outside of their small mountain village in Poland, 18-year-old twin sisters Helena and Ruth Nowak hide him from the Nazis, but soon jealousy and a devastating betrayal set in motion events that will reverberate across the decades. (NoveList)

The Hidden Child
The Hidden Child By Läckberg, Camilla Book - 2014 FIC LACKBER 2014 Available in some locations Holds: 6 on 12 copies

Annotation:After finding a Nazi medal among her late mother's belongings, crime writer Erica Falck meets with an old friend of her mother's, who is suddenly and violently murdered two days later, and Erica and her husband Detective Patrik Hedstrèom must turn to family wartime diaries for clues. (NoveList)

The Undertaking
The Undertaking By Magee, Audrey Book - 2014 FIC MAGEE 2014 Available in some locations

Annotation: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)

Citadel By Mosse, Kate Book - 2014 FIC MOSSE 2014 Available in some locations

Annotation: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)

The Ship of Brides
The Ship of Brides A Novel By Moyes, Jojo Book - 2014 FIC MOYES 2014 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 14 on 14 copies

Annotation: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)

The Wives of Los Alamos
The Wives of Los Alamos A Novel By Nesbit, TaraShea Book - 2014 FIC NESBIT 2014 Available in some locations

Annotation:"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)

The Wind Is Not A River
The Wind Is Not A River By Payton, Brian Book - 2014 FIC PAYTON 2014 Available in some locations Holds: 7 on 21 copies

Annotation: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)

The Street Sweeper
The Street Sweeper A Novel By Perlman, Elliot Book - 2012 FIC PERLMAN 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation: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)

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932
Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 A Novel By Prose, Francine Book - 2014 FIC PROSE 2014 Available in some locations Holds: 14 on 30 copies

Annotation: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)

The Garden of Letters
The Garden of Letters By Richman, Alyson Book - 2014 FIC RICHMAN 2014 Available in some locations

Annotation: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)

China Dolls
China Dolls A Novel By See, Lisa Book - 2014 FIC SEE 2014 Available in some locations Holds: 13 on 45 copies

Annotation: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)

The Illusion of Separateness
The Illusion of Separateness A Novel By Van Booy, Simon Book - 2013 FIC VANBOOY 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 5 copies

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

The Secret of Raven Point
The Secret of Raven Point A Novel By Vanderbes, Jennifer Book - 2014 FIC VANDERB 2014 Available in some locations

Annotation:When her brother goes missing in battle, Juliet Dufresne lies about her age so that she can enlist as a nurse and search for him. As she works at a field hospital in Italy, befriending patients and staff alike, she discovers an assured sense of self. (Library Journal)

Lisette's List
Lisette's List A Novel By Vreeland, Susan Book - 2014 FIC VREELAN 2014 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 12 copies

Annotation:A young Parisian woman is exiled to Provence to take care of her husband's ailing grandfather during the Vichy regime, but discovers that despite the horrors of war, the paintings of Cezanne, Pisarro, Chagall, and Picasso bring to life the landscape around her and allow her once again to experience love. (NoveList)

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