75th Anniversary of the End of World War II

 

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II.  From a woodcutter who longs for a child to a group of Olympic-hopeful women, these historical fiction novels present a variety of stories set during those fateful years.

The Most Precious of Cargoes by Jean-Claude Grumberg

Set during the height of World War II, a powerful and unsettling tale about a woodcutter and his wife, who finds a mysterious parcel thrown from a passing train.

Fifty Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie

From debut author Asha Lemmie, a sweeping, heartrending coming-of-age novel about a young woman’s quest for acceptance in post-World War II Japan.

The Paris Secret by Natasha Lester

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Orphan comes an unforgettable historical novel about a secret collection of Dior gowns that ties back to the first female pilots of WWII and a heartbreaking story of love and sacrifice.

Her Last Flight by Beatriz Williams

The beloved author returns with a remarkable novel of both raw suspense and lyric beauty; the story of a lost pilot and a wartime photographer that will leave its mark on your soul.

Fast Girls: A Novel of the 1936 Women’s Olympic Team by Elise Hooper

A compelling, thrilling look at what it takes to be a female track and field Olympian in pre-war America.