NATIONAL BESTSELLER • The remarkable story of men and women thrown together in circumstances beyond their control during World War II—a heartrending "portrait of a small French town under seige, and the people trying to survive, even to live, as Hitler’s horrors march closer and closer to their doors" (New York).
“Stunning.... A tour de force.” —The New York Times Book Review
Beginning in Paris on the eve of the Nazi occupation in 1940, as Parisians flee the city, human folly surfaces in every imaginable way: a wealthy mother searches for sweets in a town without food; a couple is terrified at the thought of losing their jobs, even as their world begins to fall apart. Moving on to a provincial village now occupied by German soldiers, the locals must learn to coexist with the enemy—in their town, their homes, even in their hearts.
When Irène Némirovsky began working on Suite Française, she was already a highly successful writer living in Paris. But she was also a Jew, and in 1942 she was arrested and deported to Auschwitz, where she died. For sixty-four years, this novel remained hidden and unknown.
A fantastic novel about occupied France during World War II, told through the eyes of various protagonists living out their varied lives. An incredible, tragic, beautiful story whose epilogue might even be more touching than its plot. A must read for fans of romance, war, and betrayal.
I've read this book many times and never get tired of it. Beautiful stories full of details that draw you in - masterfully woven. You can't help but care about the characters. Plus Nirene's personal tragedy makes the underlying tone that much more real.
Well written with great details of the life of French people during world war II
I saw the series in French. Usually I do not like to read the book after seeing the movie. No regrets many more details that did not translate into the series