Next year will mark the seventy-fifth anniversary of the end of World War II, and as the 2020 dates approach, publishers are eager to capitalize on the public’s interest. Dozens of books have already been published, with dozens more soon to be published, to commemorate the war and its close. Along with the expected non-fiction titles recounting these world-changing events are an abundance of novels which seek to portray the emotional side of the turmoil and chaos that engulfed the world.
These are not, however, novels that rely solely on tears, tragedy and self-sacrifice to carry the plot. These novels are packed with strong female characters and intricate story lines that celebrate the courage and devotion demonstrated by women surviving in the harshest of circumstances – women who not only survived, but who actively resisted their oppressors. There are so many of these novels being published that it’s created a totally new sub-genre of historical fiction – Resistance Fiction.
Set primarily in France where the resistance movement was strong, these novels combine adventure, romance, intrigue, cunning and courage to make thrilling, entertaining and satisfying reading. There is something that fascinates us about these novels. Is it the danger, the intense emotion, the intrigue? Or, is it the combination of tremendous risk and passionate romance? If you enjoy historical fiction, you’re sure to enjoy reading Resistance Fiction. Here are a few titles we recommend.
All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr, tells a multi-layered story centered on a young blind woman who gets gradually drawn into the French Resistance. This award winning novel speaks powerfully to the human connections that transcend the forces that divide men and nations. The Lost Girls of Paris, by Pan Jenoff, is a story inspired by true events of friendship and courage among a handpicked group of British female spies sent to France by a top secret government division during WWII. Mistress of the Ritz, by Melanie Benjamin, is based on the story of the extraordinary real-life American woman who secretly worked for the French Resistance during World War II, while playing hostess to the invading Germans at the iconic Hotel Ritz in Paris. Kristin Hannah’s, The Nightingale, has touched readers with the story of two sisters who struggle to maintain family under Nazi occupation and deprivation.
Looking for more titles? Check-out the Resistance Fiction book display and pick-up a copy of the book list at the library.