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Historical Fiction Recommendations (WWII Era)

Post by gfowle » 08 Sep 2018, 21:49

I am extremely passionate about successful World War II-era historical fiction, and I have read basically every popular book from this time. I am looking for recommendations for non-mainstream books from this general era.

A few books from this genre that I love are:
Lilac Girls
The Nightingale
All the Light We Cannot See
The Librarian of Auschwitz
The Painted Wall
Saving Italy
Beneath A Scarlet Sky

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Post by Sue+58 » 08 Sep 2018, 23:32

Try "The Alice Network" by Kate Quinn. Includes both World Wars.

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Post by gfowle » 14 Sep 2018, 10:21

Sue+58 wrote: ↑
08 Sep 2018, 23:32
Try "The Alice Network" by Kate Quinn. Includes both World Wars.
I definitely should have included this one on my original list, because I have read it, and I absolutely loved it!

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Post by [Krista_Michelle86] » 24 Sep 2018, 11:07

Idk if anyone else has recommended it yet, but The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher is a good one. Also, Coming Home (same author) is set just before and during WWII, but I'm not sure of that one yet as I've just started it :))

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Post by imjaneturner » 30 Nov 2018, 21:54

How much of WWII are we talking about? I studied the Spanish Civil War in college, which (according to my professors and therefore me) is a huge part of WWII. I just recommended this to someone else, but Carlos Ruiz Zafon writes beautiful historical fantasy fictions. If you enjoyed Pan's Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro, I think you would enjoy Zafon's work. Check out the Cemetary of Forgotten Books - it's the title of a cycle of books he's written that can be read in any order or individually.

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Post by Sadie105 » 03 Jan 2019, 14:43

So many options! Most recently I read "Villa Triste" by Lucretia Grindle. It's long but I thought it was well done. Covers a snippet of people / place that I hadn't previously read much about.

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Post by Louanne Piccolo » 04 Jan 2019, 11:58

I'm sure you've read it - because everyone has - but The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas!
There's also Let Me go - My Mother and the SS by Helga Schneider. Not at all like the book above, but chilling all the same.
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Post by 00LynnMarie » 10 Jan 2019, 22:36

How much WWII do you want in the book? Shanghai Girls by Lisa See takes place in that era, but isn't focused on the war or the Holocaust.
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