They were teachers, students, chemists, writers, and housewives; a singer at the Paris Opera, a midwife, a dental surgeon. They distributed anti-Nazi leaflets, secreted Jews to safety, transported weapons, and conveyed clandestine messages. The youngest was a schoolgirl of fifteen; the eldest, a farmer’s wife in her sixties.
Eventually, the Gestapo hunted down 230 women active in the French Resistance and imprisoned them in a fort outside Paris. Separated from home and loved ones, these disparate individuals turned to one another, their common experience conquering divisions of age, profession, and class, as they found solace and strength in their deep affection and camaraderie.
In January 1943, they were sent to their final destination: Auschwitz. Only forty-nine would return to France.
A Train in Winter draws on interviews and deep archival research to uncover a dark chapter of history that offers an inspiring portrait of ordinary people, of bravery and survival—and of the remarkable, enduring power of female friendship.
John Boyne's novel is the gripping story of two boys --- one the son of a commandant in Hitler's army and the other a Jew --- who come face-to-face at a barbed wire fence that separates, and eventually intertwines their lives.
A Note from Carol
Thus far this year has been a fabulous one for readers. And reading ahead I will share that there are more great books ahead!
Tell us your current reading recommendations with your comments and a rating of 1 to 5 stars. During the contest period from May 10th to May 24th, FIVE lucky readers each will be randomly chosen to win a copy of AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED by Khaled Hosseini, INFERNO by Dan Brown, and THE REDEEMER by Jo Nesbø.
We all know that The Great Gatsby will be coming to theaters this month. But there are a number of other films releasing in May that you may want to check out, including Iron Man 3, The Iceman, Epic and Shadow Dancer. If you want to stay inside and need some options for TV viewing, tryBehind the Candelabra,which premieresMay 26th on HBO, or pop in a DVD of Jack Reacher, Safe Haven, or Cloud Atlas.