Women’s Fiction

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The Flight Girls Book Club Questions and Food Ideas

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The Flight Girls Book Club Questions and Food Ideas
The Flight Girls Book Club Questions and Food Ideas

If you’ve read your fair share of WWII novels, you may think there isn’t anything new in the genre, but have you read any stories about the WASP? That is, the Women Airforce Service Pilots.

You may have heard about the Air Transport Auxiliary in England or the Night Witches from Russia, but the WASP were American women pilots employed during the war.

While they never saw combat, they paved the way for women in the Airforce and female pilots everywhere. I’m lucky enough to live near the National WASP museum and have visited and studied these courageous women.

Their story is fascinating and in Noelle Salazar’s debut, The Flight Girls, we get a picture of all they endured and accomplished. The novel follows one fictional WASP, Audrey Coltrane, as she experiences Pearl Harbor, signs up for service, and flies (literally) through the years of the war.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Book Club Questions and Food Ideas

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Book Club Questions and Food Ideas
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Book Club Questions and Food Ideas

Have you ever read an epistolary novel? Epistolary novels are stories told entirely through a series of letters. The form originated in 1740 when Samuel Richardson revolutionized story telling with Pamela.

Considered to be one of the first novel-type works, Pamela led a long trend of epistolary novels. But today the form is rare. You might recall that The Color Purple was an epistolary novel.

Other novels follow a similar format and use journal entries or other forms of correspondence to tell the story, but the use of letters alone is unusual these days.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is an epistolary novel in its truest form. Told through letters between, not just two or three, but at least a dozen correspondents, it is truly a fascinating work.

I’m amazed that Shaffer and Barrows were able to include so many voices and still create a seamless story. The cast of characters is what really makes the novel an unforgettable and thoroughly enjoyable work.

The novel’s central character is a young writer, Juliet Ashton, who is searching for her next story in post-WWII England. When she receives a letter from the isolated island of Guernsey asking her to send a book, that simple request changes the course of her life and ultimately brings her to the island. There she finds a group of diverse literary lovers and the community she’s always longed for.

The Jane Austen Society Book Club Questions and Food Ideas

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The Jane Austen Society Book Club Questions and Food Ideas
The Jane Austen Society Book Club Questions and Food Ideas

If you love British novels, especially feel-good ones, then The Jane Austen Society is just your type of book. Set in post WWII England, the book takes place in the small village of Chawton.

You might recognize Chawton as it was one of the places Jane Austen lived during her lifetime.

The book fictionalizes the attempt to secure Jane Austen’s cottage in Chawton along with some of her things for historical purposes. Which by the way, is a real place. You can check it out HERE!

If you are a fan of Jane Austen, you’ll love that the characters in this novel are too and her works are referenced throughout the novel. In fact, you might catch a few similarities between the characters in this novel and those of Miss Austen.

The Paris Library Book Club Questions and Food Ideas

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The Paris Library Book Club Questions and Food Ideas
The Paris Library Book Club Questions and Food Ideas
The Paris Library Book Club Questions and Food Ideas
The Paris Library Book Club Questions and Food Ideas

If you are a fan of WWII fiction, then you know that in the last few years there has been a boom of great historical novels from the time period that feature unique aspects of the war.

For example, The Nightingale dealt with female Resistance couriers and the French occupation. The Book of Lost Names revolved around a female document forger. And, of course, there was All the Light We Cannot See as well.

The Paris Library is another novel about WWII France from a unique perspective. It follows Odile Souchet, who secures a position at the circulation desk of the American Library in Paris just as the war breaks out. Through her, we see how the war affected citizens of Paris and those who stayed through the Nazi occupation of France.

The Paris Library

(Also, can we just stop and appreciate how beautiful the cover of this book is?)

The novel is a dual timeline story and the second timeline follows Lily, a young girl in 1980s Montana who is now the neighbor of Odile Souchet. As the older Odile and Lily become friends we learn more about Odile’s regrets from wartime and the vibrant cast of readers and librarians she knew at the American Library in Paris.

If you love reading about WWII or the time period, but have trouble getting through some of the violence and starvation that was rampant during the war, then I think you will like The Paris Library. While the characters deal with their fair share of conflict, the violence and mentions of hunger are kept to a minimum given the subject.

The Book of Lost Names Book Club Questions and Food Ideas

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The Book of Lost Names Book Club Questions, Activity, and Food Ideas!
The Book of Lost Names Book Club Questions, Activity, and Food Ideas!
The Book of Lost Names Book Club Questions, Activity, and Food Ideas!
The Book of Lost Names Book Club Questions, Activity, and Food Ideas!

Are you a fan of WWII fiction? Many readers love to read about this devastating, yet fascinating time in history. There are so many stories of normal people doing extraordinary things in the face of unthinkable evil.

If you loved The Nightingale and The Alice Network, you’ll love The Book of Lost Names. The novel, set in WWII-era France, is slightly different than the other two novels in that it deals with forgers rather than spies.

The Book of Lost Names

The novel centers around a young Jewish woman, Eva, with a gift for drawing. When she escapes Nazi-occupied Paris for southern France by drawing up her own false papers, she catches the eye of a Catholic priest and soon becomes entangled in a forgery ring. There, she begins working diligently to create papers for children seeking refuge in Switzerland after their parents are snatched away to concentration camps.

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