“I loved Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale. She has captured a particular slice of French life during World War II with wonderful details and drama. But what I loved most was the relationship between two sisters and Hannah’s exploration of what we do in moments of great challenge.”–Lisa See, author of New York Times bestseller Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
“I read The Nightingale in one sitting, completely transported to wartime France… A historical novel–built on Kristin Hannah’s proven skill with story, complex and enduring family ties, and passion…”–Marilyn Dahl, Editor, Shelf Awareness
“My wife came home as I was on the final few pages…she wondered why I was sobbing. What a read, She immediately took it from me. Powerful and interesting on many levels as only great historical fiction can be.”–David K. Cully, EVP, Baker & Taylor
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes an epic novel of love and war, spanning from the 1940s to the present day, and the secret lives of those who live in a small French town.
Viann and Isabelle have always been close despite their differences. Younger, bolder sister Isabelle lives in Paris while Viann lives a quiet and content life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. When World War II strikes and Antoine is sent off to fight, Viann and Isabelle’s father sends Isabelle to help her older sister cope. As the war progresses, it’s not only the sisters’ relationship that is tested, but also their strength and their individual senses of right and wrong. With life as they know it changing in unbelievably horrific ways, Viann and Isabelle will find themselves facing frightening situations and responding in ways they never thought possible as bravery and resistance take different forms in each of their actions.
Vivid and exquisite in its illumination of a time and place that was filled with great monstrosities, but also great humanity and strength, Kristin Hannah’s novel will provoke thought and discussion that will have readers talking long after they turn the last page.