Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Nightengale Summary

FRANCE, 1939 In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France...but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When France is overrun, Vianne is forced to take an enemy into her house, and suddenly her every move is watched; her life and her child’s life is at constant risk. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates around her, she must make one terrible choice after another. Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets the compelling and mysterious Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can...completely. When he betrays her, Isabelle races headlong into danger and joins the Resistance, never looking back or giving a thought to the real--and deadly--consequences. With courage, grace and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah takes her talented pen to the epic panorama of WWII 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. (less)

Friday, July 22, 2016

Time to Update

Our Book Club at Maura's on Tuesday was small but the discussion was great! Lee brought a family heirloom that just happened to be a coffee table book of Edward Curtis's best photograghs; what a treat! Maura made a great Tiramisu dessert! The next book is "The Nightengale" by Kristin Hannah and will be on Tuesday August 30th at Lee's house. BTW, Maura found out that they have the complete epic series of books by Curtis in the NW room at the main Spokane Public Library. She is trying to organize a time when we can go because it is by appointment only. Send her an email or text if you are interested. I am available next Friday or Saturday (or even this Saturday).