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Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
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it was amazing

Read for the book club I'm in after having it on my nightstand, calling out to be read for more than a year. I can see why it's so beloved by its many readers and it's not hard to give it five stars for the beauty of the writing, the emotional depth of the characters and the raw and wrenching detailing of the brutality of WW2. The cover with those three women walking so close together has intrigued me from the moment I bought the book as a hardcover when it first came out. The actual story is different than what the cover projects, at least to me and many members of my club, but we decided it is up to the reader to decide who those three women are. If you've read the book, I'd be curious to hear if you agree. I was also unaware until I read the Acknowledgements that the character Caroline was a real person, a heroine any way you look at it, and someone I would've liked to have known. Highly recommend...
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Reading Progress

December 8, 2016 – Shelved
December 8, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
August 8, 2018 – Started Reading
August 15, 2018 – Finished Reading

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Tracy I've been to a few events where Martha Hall Kelly spoke about the book, and if I remember correctly, she said the women on the cover weren't necessarily characters from the book. I've also had the great pleasure of visiting Caroline Ferriday's home in CT and seeing pictures of the actual "Rabbits" throughout the house. If you're ever on the east coast, I highly recommend making the trip. It's a quaint little New England town and a beautiful drive getting there. I've become a little bit obsessed with Caroline, and I'm looking forward to Ms. Kelly's forthcoming prequels!


Susy Prequels??? Yay!!! I would love to visit her home! Bucket list!


Carmen This one's been on my to-read list about a year as well. Caroline figures prominently into "Les Parisiennes," Anne Sebba's non-fiction account of how the women of Paris coped w/ the WW2 occupation. I think you'd enjoy it.


Susan Meissner Tracy wrote: "I've been to a few events where Martha Hall Kelly spoke about the book, and if I remember correctly, she said the women on the cover weren't necessarily characters from the book. I've also had the ..."

I so want to go!


Susan Meissner Carmen wrote: "This one's been on my to-read list about a year as well. Caroline figures prominently into "Les Parisiennes," Anne Sebba's non-fiction account of how the women of Paris coped w/ the WW2 occupation...."

Thanks for the recommendation!


Susan Meissner Susy wrote: "Prequels??? Yay!!! I would love to visit her home! Bucket list!"


Susan Meissner Ditto!


Cassandra. I just received my copy from Amazon!


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