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Thursday, July 28, 2022

The Nightingale- A Novel by Kristin Hannah - 2015 - 532 Pages - A Paris in July 2022 Post


The Nightingale- A Novel by Kristin Hannah - 2015 - 532 Pages - A Paris in July 2022 Post

Paris in July 2022

This is my eighth year participating in a wonderful event, Paris in July.  The event hosts are Reader Buzz and Thyme for Tea.  Posts on any and all things Paris are welcome.  You can share your memories of a trip to Paris, your favorite French recipes or restaurants, art in the  Louvre, your favorite set in Paris Movies (mine are Ninotchka and Midnight in Paris).  Of course the French literary masters as well as contemporary writers are great subjects.

  1. Yiddish Paris by Nicholas Underwood - 2022
  2. After the Romanovs- Russian Exiles in Paris from the Belle Époque to Revolution and War by Helen Rappaport - 2022
  3. “Late Hour” -A Set in Paris Short Story by Ivan Bunin - 1938- translated by David Humphries -included in The Gentleman from San Francisco and other Stories-- 
  4. The Paris Tattoo” - An Essay by Ann Patchett - from her essay collection These Precious Days- 2022
  5. “Spindleshanks” - a set in Paris Short story by Shasha Chorny - 1932- a Russian Emirgé

The Nightingale- A Novel by Kristin Hannah - 2015 - 532 Pages

A Number One New York Times Bestseller 

2015 Goodreads Readers Choice for Best Historical Fiction

Movie premier December 23, 2022

Based in The World War Two Years, The Nighingale is a very moving account of How The lives of two French sisters are impacted by the German take over of France.

The storyline opens in a quiet village in rural France. Vianne Mauriac’s husband has just joined with neighbors to enlist in the French army.  Everyone is convinced the Germans will quickly be defeated, that they will never make it into France. But soon the Germans capture France, Nazis are everywhere. A Nazi Officer is billeted at the home of Vianne, with her and her children.  Food is rationed for the French, while the Germans feast.  Jews suffer horribly.

Isabelle, 18, the younger sister, is a free spirited rebel.  It is all she can do not to curse the Nazis which would get her shot. Their father, a widower, fought for France in WW One.  Seemingly he cares only about his drinking.  Isabelle meets and falls in Love with a partisan, she leaves for Paris to join the resistance. We are given a marvelous picture of life in Paris under the Germans.  

“With courage, grace and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of World War II 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.” From Goodreads

The Nightingale is a profoundly moving work, depicting with matching veracity, the worst and the best of humanity in occupied France.   


Kristin Hannah is the award-winning and bestselling author of more than 20 novels including the international blockbuster, The Nightingale, which was named Goodreads Best Historical fiction novel for 2015 and won the coveted People's Choice award for best fiction.

Mel Ulm


Jeanie said...

It has been quite sometime since I read this but I was greatly moved and found it a wonderful book. It was one of those books I couldn't put on the resale or donate pile, certain I'll one day read it again.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

My brother found this book to be exceptional. I was taken with this look at World War II from the eyes of two strong, but very different women.