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The Nightingale
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The Nightingale
A Novel

A #1 New York Times bestseller, Wall Street Journal Best Book of the Year, and soon to be a major motion picture, this unforgettable novel of love and strength in the face of war has enthralled a generation.

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.

Goodreads Best Historical Novel of the Year

  • People's Choice Favorite Fiction Winner
  • #1 Indie Next Selection
  • A Buzzfeed and The Week Best Book of the Year

    Praise for The Nightingale:

    "Haunting, action-packed, and compelling." —Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author

    "Absolutely riveting!...Read this book." —Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff, Director of the University of Miami Holocaust Teacher Institute

    "Beautifully written and richly evocative." —Sara Gruen, #1 New York Times bestselling author

    "A hauntingly rich WWII novel about courage, brutality, love, survival—and the essence of what makes us human." —Family Circle

    "A heart-pounding story." —USA Today

    "An enormous story. Richly satisfying. I loved it." —Anne Rice

    "A respectful and absorbing page-turner." —Kirkus Reviews

    "Tender, compelling...a satisfying slice of life in Nazi-occupied France." —Jewish Book Council

    "Expect to devour The Nightingale in as few sittings as possible; the high-stakes plot and lovable characters won't allow any rest until all of their fates are known." —Shelf Awareness

    "I loved The Nightingale." —Lisa See, #1 New York Times bestselling author

    "Powerful...an unforgettable portrait of love and war." —People

  • A #1 New York Times bestseller, Wall Street Journal Best Book of the Year, and soon to be a major motion picture, this unforgettable novel of love and strength in the face of war has enthralled a generation.

    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.

    Goodreads Best Historical Novel of the Year

  • People's Choice Favorite Fiction Winner
  • #1 Indie Next Selection
  • A Buzzfeed and The Week Best Book of the Year

    Praise for The Nightingale:

    "Haunting, action-packed, and compelling." —Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author

    "Absolutely riveting!...Read this book." —Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff, Director of the University of Miami Holocaust Teacher Institute

    "Beautifully written and richly evocative." —Sara Gruen, #1 New York Times bestselling author

    "A hauntingly rich WWII novel about courage, brutality, love, survival—and the essence of what makes us human." —Family Circle

    "A heart-pounding story." —USA Today

    "An enormous story. Richly satisfying. I loved it." —Anne Rice

    "A respectful and absorbing page-turner." —Kirkus Reviews

    "Tender, compelling...a satisfying slice of life in Nazi-occupied France." —Jewish Book Council

    "Expect to devour The Nightingale in as few sittings as possible; the high-stakes plot and lovable characters won't allow any rest until all of their fates are known." —Shelf Awareness

    "I loved The Nightingale." —Lisa See, #1 New York Times bestselling author

    "Powerful...an unforgettable portrait of love and war." —People

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    • Kristin Hannah is the New York Times bestselling author of novels including Night Road, Firefly Lane, True Colors and Winter Garden. She was born in Southern California and moved to Western Washington when she was eight. A former lawyer, Hannah started writing when she was pregnant and on bed rest for five months. Writing soon became an obsession, and she has been at it ever since. She is the mother of one son and lives with her husband in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii.
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    • Publisher's Weekly

      December 1, 2014
      “In love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are,” Hannah’s narrator, Viann Mauriac, proclaims as she looks back on her life in France. The bestselling author hits her stride in this page-turning tale about two sisters, one in the French countryside, the other in Paris, who show remarkable courage in the German occupation during WWII. Through Viann we learn how life was disrupted when husbands and fathers were forced to enlist while the Germans took over their towns and villages, billeting themselves in people’s homes, gorging on food, and forcing the starved locals to wait in endless lines for rations. Viann’s younger sister, Isabelle, always rebellious, joins the resistance in Paris, finds love with another resistance fighter, and risks her life guiding downed British and American paratroopers over the Pyrenees and out of France. Viann does her part too, saving 19 Jewish children by hiding them in a convent. Despite having a German officer in her own home, she also takes in a Jewish baby—her best friend’s son—when his mother is sent to a concentration camp. The author ably depicts war’s horrors through the eyes of these two women, whose strength of character shines through no matter their differences. Announced first printing of 350,000 copies.

    • Library Journal

      January 1, 2015

      Character growth and development is a strength of this World War II-set novel, although the middle plods during some sections. Sisters Vianne and Isabelle Mauriac are driven apart by unhealed childhood wounds and clashing personalities. When Isabelle is kicked out of boarding school for the umpteenth time for "rebellious" behavior, her embittered veteran father, in the midst of drowning his own battle scars in bourbon, sends the adolescent to her elder sister's house. Meanwhile, Vianne attempts to find salvation from her past by marrying her teenage sweetheart and relocating to the French countryside where she delights in her garden and her school-age daughter. As Hitler's forces invade, both sisters face challenging choices that will show where their loyalties lie. VERDICT Hannah (Summer Island; Firefly Lane) has long been a staple of women's fiction. Readers who enjoy stories with ethical dilemmas and character-driven narratives will enjoy this novel full of emotion and heart. [See Prepub Alert, 8/11/14.]--Julia M. Reffner, Midlothian, VA

      Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

    • Lisa See, #1 New York Times bestseller author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

      "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 about the novel was the relationship between the two sisters and Hannah's exploration of what we do in moments of great challenge. Do we rise to the occasion or fail? Are we heroes or cowards? Are we loyal to the people we love most or do we betray them? Hannah explores these questions with probing finesse and great heart."

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