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Newsletter 12/11/14

Booklist Review of the Day

The Nightingale.

Hannah, Kristin (author).
Feb. 2015. 448p. St. Martin's, hardcover, $27.99 (9780312577223); St. Martin's, e-book (9781466850606).
REVIEW. First published December 15, 2014 (Booklist). Hannah (Fly Away, 2013) departs from the contemporary novels she’s known for with this engrossing tale of two sisters’ bravery in occupied France during WWII. Viann and Isabelle Rossignol took very different paths after their mother’s death devastated their family and war turned their father into a distant and withdrawn parent. Older sister Viann sought comfort in the arms of a schoolmate, getting pregnant and marrying at just 16. Rebellious Isabelle gets herself kicked out of multiple boarding schools. Then the Germans conquer France, and the sisters’ lives change drastically. When her husband is captured and detained as a prisoner of war in Germany, Viann is forced to take in a German captain. Soon she finds herself relying on him to ensure there is food on the table for her daughter. Isabelle joins the Resistance, boldly leading fallen airmen fighting for the liberation of France over the mountains to Spain to safety. Hannah’s latest is a page-turner that will no doubt have readers reaching for tissues. This moving, emotional tribute to the brave women who fought behind enemy lines during the war is bound to gain the already immensely popular Hannah an even wider audience.

HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: With a 350,000 initial print run and a multiplatform promotional campaign, best-selling Hannah’s new novel is positioned to take the book world by storm.

— Kristine Huntley