My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“Men tell stories. Women get on with it. For us it was a shadow war. There were no parades for us when it was over, no medals or mentions in history books. We did what we had to during the war, and when it was over, we picked up the pieces and started our lives over.”
I wasn’t going to write a review for this because this is the type of book that you should just know you should read; the type of book that you hear is good and you trust the praise enough to pick it up. Honestly, this book was an experience. Reading a World War II book is so unlike reading any other sort of book.
This book tore me open and exposed the most resilient parts of me.
I was there with these women, I was going through this. I was surviving and stitching myself back up and putting one foot in front of the other.
I realize I’m not saying much about the book and thats on purpose because you just have to trust me and everyone else who sings its praises and read it. There is a reason it was on the NYT bestseller list for so long.
I will say that this book is lush the writing is so vivid, you see and smell and taste everything…the french food being cooked in a country cottage, the herbs growing in the garden the sound of the Nazi’s marching into the town square and the sweat of fear in each passing day.
This novel is both compulsively readable and bleak
beautiful and disgusting
depressing and uplifting
the dichotomy that is woven throughout is masterful Kristin Hannah has all of my respect she is a prolific writer.
What is the book about?
its about WOMEN, and how they survive and endure