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World War II Fiction

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A Thread of Grace
by Mary Doria Russell Details
In September 1943, Claudette Blum and her father flee across the Alps into Italy with other Jews seeking refuge, only to find an open battle ground among the Nazis, Allied forces, resistance fighters, and ordinary Italians struggling to survive.
by Ian McEwan Details
In this rich novel by the author of the Booker Prize-winning novel "Amsterdam, " a young girl unwittingly tells a tale that turns her family upside down. Brilliant and utterly enthralling in its depiction of childhood, love and war, England and class, "Atonement" is at its center a profound -- and profoundly moving -- exploration of shame and forgiveness, of atonement and the difficulty of absolution.
Corelli's Mandolin
by Louis De Bernieres Details
Corelli, an Italian army captain, falls in love with Pelagia Iannis on the island of Cephalonia after the Axis forces occupy the island in World War II.
Red Gold
by Alan Furst Details
Jean Casson, an anti-hero sought by the Gestapo, becomes involved in an ill-fated 1941 plot to smuggle arms to the Communist Resistance, in a tale of espionage and intrigue set against the backdrop of occupied France.
by Walter Zacharius Details
Losing her family and her home in Lodz during World War II, Jewish teenager Mia embarks on a journey through Poland to join the ranks of a secret cadre of militia to help save Jewish citizens, and subsequently works as a double agent.
The Children's War
by Monique Charlesworth Details
The disintegrating world of Europe in the midst of World War II is seen through the eyes of two youngsters, Ilse, a half-Jewish girl and Nicolai, a young boy in Germany who finds refuge from his involvement with the Hitler Youth in his growing attachment to his nurse, Ilse's mother.
The Innocents Within
by Robert Daley Details
In a novel based on a real-life story of the French Resistance, a young American pilot crashes near a small French village, where he is rescued and falls in love with a German-Jewish refugee.
The Last Heroes
by W.E.B. Griffin Details
As America prepares to enter World War II, a group of spies from the Office of Strategic Service is deployed around the world to do the work that could possibly change the entire outcome of the war.
The Man in the Box
by Thomas Moran Details
Dr. Robert Weiss performs an emergency appendectomy on the infant Niki while a paying guest in the Lukasser home, and when Niki is a teenager, Weiss asks the family to hide him from the Nazis in their rural Austrian mountain home.
The Mistress
by Philippe Tapon Details
Tells the story of Simone, the nurse and mistress of a doctor who is implicated in the death of a Nazi and whose family is also plotting against him.
Visible Worlds
by Marilyn Bowering Details
win brothers, one a Nazi officer, and the other, a peacemaker, contend with family secrets.
When Angels Rest
by Donald Harington Details
The children of Stay More, Arkansas, play war games during World War II, but when soldiers preparing for an invasion of Japan occupy the hills, the real war reaches closer to home and the village takes on a new appearance.
Updated 10/24/2011
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