The Nightingale: A Novel

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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 imagine 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 unimaginable choice after another to keep her family alive.

Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, looking for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. At the same time as 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 over and over again to save others.

With courage, grace and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of WWII and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women’s war. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France–a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime.

The Amazon Spotlight Pick for February 2015: Kristin Hannah is a popular thriller writer with legions of fans, but her latest novel, The Nightingale, soars to new heights (sorry) and will earn her even more ecstatic readers. Both a weeper and a thinker, the book tells the story of two French sisters – one in Paris, one in the countryside – right through WWII; each is crippled by the death of their beloved mother and cavalier abandonment of their father; each plays a part in the French underground; each finds a way to love and forgive. If this sounds sudsy. . . well, it is, a little. . . but a melodrama that combines historical accuracy (Hannah has said her inspiration for Isabelle was the real life story of a woman who led downed Allied soldiers on foot over the Pyrenees) and social/political activism is a hard one to withstand. Even better to keep you turning pages: the central conceit works – the book is narrated by probably the most sisters in the present, though you in point of fact don’t know until the very end which sister it is. Fast-paced, detailed, and full of romance (both the sexual/interpersonal kind and the larger, trickier romance of history and war), this novel is destined to land (sorry, again) on the top of best sellers lists and night tables all over the place. — Sara Nelson

Author

Kristin Hannah

Binding

Hardcover

Brand

Hannah, Kristin

CatalogNumberList

383262

EAN

9780312577223

EANList

9780312577223

Edition

1st

ISBN

0312577222

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1

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946, hundredths-inches, 649, hundredths-inches, 154, hundredths-pounds, 132, hundredths-inches

Label

St. Martin’s Press

Languages

English, Published, English, Original Language, English, Unknown

Manufacturer

St. Martin’s Press

MPN

383262

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1

NumberOfPages

440

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157, hundredths-inches, 953, hundredths-inches, 154, hundredths-pounds, 661, hundredths-inches

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1

PartNumber

383262

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Book

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ABIS_BOOK

PublicationDate

2015-02-03

Publisher

St. Martin’s Press

ReleaseDate

2015-02-03

Studio

St. Martin’s Press

TradeInValue

306, USD, $3.06

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