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Lilac Girls

por Martha Hall Kelly

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Fiction. Literature. Historical Fiction. HTML:NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ? One million copies sold! Inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this remarkable debut novel reveals the power of unsung women to change history in their quest for love, freedom, and second chances.
??Extremely moving and memorable . . . This impressive debut should appeal strongly to historical fiction readers and to book clubs that adored Kristin Hannah??s The Nightingale and Anthony Doerr??s All the Light We Cannot See.? ??Library Journal (starred review)

New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline??s world is forever changed when Hitler??s army invades Poland in September 1939??and then sets its sights on France.
An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement. In a tense atmosphere of watchful eyes and suspecting neighbors, one false move can have dire consequences.
For the ambitious young German doctor, Herta Oberheuser, an ad for a government medical position seems her ticket out of a desolate life. Once hired, though, she finds herself trapped in a male-dominated realm of Nazi secrets and power.
The lives of these three women are set on a collision course when the unthinkable happens and Kasia is sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women. Their stories cross continents??from New York to Paris, Germany, and Poland??as Caroline and Kasia strive to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten.
USA Today ??New and Noteworthy? Book ? LibraryReads Top Ten Pick
??Harrowing . . . Lilac illuminates.???People
??A compelling, page-turning narrative . . . Lilac Girls falls squarely into the groundbreaking category of fiction that re-examines history from a fresh, female point of view. It??s smart, thoughtful and also just an old-fashioned good read.???Fort Worth Star-Telegram
??A powerful story for readers everywhere . . . Martha Hall Kelly has brought readers a firsthand glimpse into one of history??s most frightening memories. A novel that brings to life what these women and many others suffered. . . . I was moved to tears.???San Francisco Book Review
??[A] compelling first novel . . . This is a page-turner demonstrating the tests and triumphs civilians faced during war, complemented by Kelly??s vivid depiction of history and excellent characters.???Publishers Weekly
??Kelly vividly re-creates the world of Ravensbrück.???Kirkus Reviews

??Inspired by actual events and real people, Martha Hall Kelly has woven together the stories of three women during World War II that reveal the bravery, cowardice, and cruelty of those days. This is a part of history??women??s history??that should never be forgotten.???Lisa See, New York Times bestselling author of China Dolls
??Profound, unsettling, and thoroughly . . . the best book I??ve read a
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Beautiful weaving together of stories from vastly different viewpoints: the good, the bad, the ugly. Set in World War II and over the decade and change after it, the stories of three women unfold and gradually intertwine. Excellent storytelling, well-defined characters with assets and flaws, an enjoyable reading experience. ( )
  bschweiger | Feb 4, 2024 |
This book left me with many emotions. The evils and injustice that were the narrative of the lives of the prisoners during Hitlers reign are enough to snap breath from you. I confess that it took me a minute to get into this book. Felt it challenging to follow the characters at first although that may have been more my issue than the authors. But as I got going, I spent every free moment reading. My favorite part of this book is the hunger it gave me to know more. To look up the real-life bios of the characters that the author spoke of. I agree with one reviewer that Caroline could have had a little more depth in the novel as she was an amazing woman. The high society topics were my least favorite yet I came away from the book wanting to know more about the woman in the midst of it. To think that this was a first-time novel is mind blowing at best. So well done. I can't wait for the next one! I liked that this gave me a good experience with historical fiction because I have a hard time with the genre and this book made me more interested and curious so it was a win win for me. ( )
  b00kdarling87 | Jan 7, 2024 |
I chose this book because I enjoyed The Nightingale. Lilac Girls was good but significantly more graphic than The Nightingale in the horrors of this era and listening to it in an audiobook made it more difficult to get through the 'tough' spots. I am glad I continued the book when I wasn't sure if I could and look forward to researching the nonfictional portions of the story further. ( )
  hellokirsti | Jan 3, 2024 |
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  AbneyLibri | Aug 16, 2023 |
Martha Hall Kelley's page-turning novel, a historical fiction that spans from 1939 - 1959, braids together three compelling first-person narratives about women in the throes of World War II. We meet a hero, victim, and villian as Martha shares the complexities of each of their lives: loves, loss, hope, despair, triumphs, and choices - which at times were difficullt, limited, or non-existent.

1) Caroline Ferriday, the real life heroine that inspired the book, was a former Broadway actress and New York City socialite turned philanthropist who volunteered at the French Embassy and was involved with the Association des Déportées et Internées Résistantes to provide relief to French orphans. She had a complex affair with a married French actor. Among Caroline's heroic accomplishments is that she brought Polish women who were subjected to cruel Nazi medical experimentation at Ravensbrück concentration camp to America for treatment.

2) Kasia Kuzmerick, a lively teenager in Lubin, Poland with a mad crush on her best friend, begins to work with the Underground Resistance. Her efforts to help save others results in her imprisonment by the Gestapo at Ravensbrück, ("Hitler's Hell for Women"), the largest concentration camp for females in Nazi Germany. She was taken along with her mother, Helina, and her sister, Zuzanna, neighbors and friends. Kasia is a conglomeration of prisoners and the only one of the three main characters that is not based on a real person.

In her story, the Nazi doctors removed nerves, bone, and muscles from Kasia's leg, resulting in unrelenting pain and disability. Due to being injured as a Nazi lab animal, she hobbled and hopped like a rabbit, which is why the female victims at this sadistic prison were called "Ravensbrück Rabbits." There is nothing more despicable to me than "doctors" putting innocent women under anesthesia and surgically assaulting them for their own twisted purposes.

3) Herta Oberheuser, was the real life Nazi physician and war criminal who worked at Auschwitz and Ravensbrück concentration camps. At Ravensbrück, Oberheuser was assistant to Karl Gebhardt, then Chief Surgeon and Heinrich Himmler's personal doctor. There, Herta gave lethal injections, sent women to gas chambers, and performed grotesque, inhumane experimental surgery on the Polish political prisoners. "Doctor" Oberheuser deliberately inflicted surgical wounds and then rubbed bacteria, wood, rusty nails, and slivers of glass in the open areas trying to cause gangrene. The goal was to emulate combat wounds of German soldiers to find a cure for their war injuries.

Herta Obenheuser was tried at Nuremberg where she was sentanced to twenty years, but let out in five. I disagree with this little "hand slap" for this contemptuous person.

I found Lilac Girls by reading samples from one hundred books on Amazon, mostly historical fiction. Martha's writing rose to the top as I immediately connected with her style. I'm glad I choose this book, which is a deeply moving page turner with descriptions so vivid I felt as if I were in the story. I enjoy the author's use of metaphors, her sharp storytelling skills, and choice of subject. I finished reading this last week; the story has stayed with me. ( )
  Sasha_Lauren | Aug 15, 2023 |
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Fiction. Literature. Historical Fiction. HTML:NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ? One million copies sold! Inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this remarkable debut novel reveals the power of unsung women to change history in their quest for love, freedom, and second chances.
??Extremely moving and memorable . . . This impressive debut should appeal strongly to historical fiction readers and to book clubs that adored Kristin Hannah??s The Nightingale and Anthony Doerr??s All the Light We Cannot See.? ??Library Journal (starred review)

New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline??s world is forever changed when Hitler??s army invades Poland in September 1939??and then sets its sights on France.
An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement. In a tense atmosphere of watchful eyes and suspecting neighbors, one false move can have dire consequences.
For the ambitious young German doctor, Herta Oberheuser, an ad for a government medical position seems her ticket out of a desolate life. Once hired, though, she finds herself trapped in a male-dominated realm of Nazi secrets and power.
The lives of these three women are set on a collision course when the unthinkable happens and Kasia is sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women. Their stories cross continents??from New York to Paris, Germany, and Poland??as Caroline and Kasia strive to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten.
USA Today ??New and Noteworthy? Book ? LibraryReads Top Ten Pick
??Harrowing . . . Lilac illuminates.???People
??A compelling, page-turning narrative . . . Lilac Girls falls squarely into the groundbreaking category of fiction that re-examines history from a fresh, female point of view. It??s smart, thoughtful and also just an old-fashioned good read.???Fort Worth Star-Telegram
??A powerful story for readers everywhere . . . Martha Hall Kelly has brought readers a firsthand glimpse into one of history??s most frightening memories. A novel that brings to life what these women and many others suffered. . . . I was moved to tears.???San Francisco Book Review
??[A] compelling first novel . . . This is a page-turner demonstrating the tests and triumphs civilians faced during war, complemented by Kelly??s vivid depiction of history and excellent characters.???Publishers Weekly
??Kelly vividly re-creates the world of Ravensbrück.???Kirkus Reviews

??Inspired by actual events and real people, Martha Hall Kelly has woven together the stories of three women during World War II that reveal the bravery, cowardice, and cruelty of those days. This is a part of history??women??s history??that should never be forgotten.???Lisa See, New York Times bestselling author of China Dolls
??Profound, unsettling, and thoroughly . . . the best book I??ve read a

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