Nominated by:

Veria Central Public Library, Greece

Pikes Peak Library District, Colorado Springs, USA

Publisher of nominated edition:

St. Martin’s Press, USA

The Nightingale

Kristin Hannah      

2017 Longlist

In love we find out who we want to be.
In war we find out who we are.

France, 1939
In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France…but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne’s home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive.

Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can…completely. But when he betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and never looks back, risking her life time and again to save others.

(from publisher)

About the Author

Kristin Hannah is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-one novels. A former lawyer turned writer, she is the mother of one son and lives with her husband in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii.

Librarians’ Comments

A book about World War 2 and the women’s French resistance that combines history, relationships and dynamics. An excellent novel full of emotion.

This absolutely amazing novel captures the spirit of two brave women willing to risk all to rescue others.

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