Lilac Girls

Lilac Girls

Book - 2016 | First edition
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"Inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this...novel reveals an incredible story of love, redemption, and terrible secrets that were hidden for decades..."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781101883075
Branch Call Number: F KELLY-M
Characteristics: 487 pages ; 25 cm


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Sep 15, 2019

I'm always hesitant to pick up novels that occur during the height of WW2, especially if it deals heavily with the Holocaust. With so much love for this book, I couldn't resist and I'm really glad I didn't. This was an amazing depiction of a facet of the Holocaust that I had not heard about before. Using three major characters to tell the story was fascinating and amazingly well-written. While much of the characters' interactions were fiction, along with a few characters themselves, I felt the author still did the main story justice. The fictional accounts managed to elevate the story to a wider audience, without detracting from the facts. I never fail to learn something new about this time in history and I'm always intrigued to learn more. I know that this is in direct contradiction to my previous comment about being hesitant to read these types of books, but what can I say? History is fascinating and we can never learn enough.

Sep 14, 2019


Sep 10, 2019

I agree that the first part of the book was disorienting, but in the end that was the best way to write this story. The atrocities appalled me, but the darkness was juxtaposed with the best of our nature. Thank goodness!

Aug 06, 2019

Found this book hard to get into, but eventually it was interesting. I was unaware of the horrors that occurred in Poland during WWII. My main criticism is that the author chose to include a fictional romance for one of the main characters...totally unnecessary. Based on historical fact the story was captivating enough without that added distraction.

Jul 03, 2019

This novel moved me to tears. Captured the story through the perspective of three characters. Tremendously well written and brought to light the terrible cruelties and heartbreaking stories of lives forever changed by the horrors of the Second World War. Excellent author.

May 29, 2019

This book was an amazing read and I did not want to put it down or let go of the story. Even did some lite research afterward about some of the real life characters. I also did not know anything about Ravensbruck, the experiments and the Polish women.

May 25, 2019

I found this book to be pretty engrossing. Prior to reading this, I had a vague knowledge of Ravensbrück, but this novel elaborated on what those poor women and children endured. Chilling and horrifying. I also appreciated the very different experiences of the 3 protagonists. Perhaps the novel could have used a little more editing for length, but overall, 2 thumbs' up.

May 22, 2019

I downloaded and listened to this book and fell in love with it. It reads a little slow, I’m guessing due to the slight accents of the European characters. I stuck with it and really enjoyed the story. There was a lot in the book that was new information to me. The book is historical fiction mostly biased on Caroline a New York socialite. Well written, well told. I hope others enjoy it as much as I did.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Apr 28, 2019

This historical fiction set during World War II will appeal to those who enjoy reading historical fiction from multiple points of view.

Apr 01, 2019

Loved that the author was inspired to do all the research and write the book based on a visit to the historic home owned by Caroline Ferriday who flew Polish women who were experimented on at the Nazi concentration camp for women to the US for treatment in 1958. Story is told through perspectives of Caroline and woman Nazi doctor and one of the Polish women - and they all wrap together nicely at the end.

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Nov 30, 2017

“It’s just a thing, Kasia. Don’t waste your energy on the hate. That will kill you sure as anything. Focus on keeping your strength. You’re resourceful. Find a way to outsmart them.“ -Matka (pg. 161)

Jan 23, 2017

“But it’s fitting in a way - Father loved the fact that a lilac only blossoms after a harsh winter.” - p. 440


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