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Pat's Picks- Literary Fiction

Armchair travel (Europe & U.S.) and history combined, with a great plot. As a history major, I find it interesting to see what a bit of research and a good plot can make an exciting book.

Playlist Tags: Village Square Booksellers genre: Historical Fiction post-war topic: historical fiction women ww2

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Eternal

By Lisa Scottoline
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Edoardo Ballerini & Lisa Scottoline
Length: 19 hours 5 minutes

Eternal

Eternal is an exhilarating, sweeping novel from the beloved Lisa Scottoline. Fans of The Nightingale and All the Light We Cannot See will instantly fall in love with this beautiful WWII novel. With a dash of everything you want in your next favorite read plus everything we have ever loved about Scottoline’s writing, Eternal will without a doubt be at the top of every must-read list for 2021.”

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The Book of Two Ways

A Novel

By Jodi Picoult
Narrated by: Patti Murin
Length: 15 hours 47 minutes

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of Small Great Things and A Spark of Light comes a “powerful” (The Washington Post) novel about the choices that alter the course of our lives.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY MARIE CLAIRE

Everything changes in a single moment for Dawn Edelstein. She’s on a plane when the flight attendant... Read more »

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Hour of the Witch

A Novel

By Chris Bohjalian
Narrated by: Grace Experience, Saskia Maarleveld, Danny Campbell, Cassandra Campbell, Arthur Morey, Mark Deakins, Julia Whelan, Kaleo Griffith, Kirby Heyborne, Rebecca Lowman & Mark Bramhall
Length: 14 hours 8 minutes

Hour of the Witch

“Mary Deerfield is married to a cruel and violent man who outwardly appears to be a pillar of the Putritan Boston community of 1662. She tries to divorce miller Thomas, but during the trial she runs up against suspicions of witchcraft, a hanging offense. ”

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The Four Winds

A Novel

By Kristin Hannah
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 15 hours 2 minutes

The Four Winds

“A brilliantly woven narrative set during the Dust Bowl years on the High Plains of Texas, The Four Winds is a story of survival that inspires us to persist. Hannah extensively researched the devastation of this climatic and agricultural phenomenon and its toll on communities, which seamlessly informs the deftly woven narrative of the life of Elsa, a woman who finds that she has more tenacity and resourcefulness than she had been raised to believe — and then some.”

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The Exiles

A Novel

By Christina Baker Kline
Narrated by: Caroline Lee
Length: 10 hours 43 minutes

The Exiles

“"The Exiles" is a powerful and gorgeously written portrait of colonial Australia during the Transportation. From Evangeline, a pregnant convict determined to make a better life for herself after incarceration, to Mathinna, a Palawa Aborigine forcibly adopted from her home and community in Flinders, and still to so many others, Kline creates a page-turning story about how disempowered women survive the fates bestowed onto them, and effect change both in their lives and those of others. I read between print and audiobook, and must mention that Caroline Lee's mastery of a variety of accents from the British diaspora made the characters all the more distinct and real. She brought Kline's words, already compelling, to life.”

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The Tattooist of Auschwitz

A Novel

By Heather Morris
Narrated by: Richard Armitage
Length: 7 hours 25 minutes

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

“Just, wow. By the time I got to this novel I had forgotten it was based on true events! The story is overwhelming, all the more for it's truth. All of the turns that seemed so confusing to me, I learned, are a result of Heather Morris' careful and accurate telling of memories born in chaos. Lale and Gita are truly magical. Make sure you follow through to the VERY end!”

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Housekeeping (Fortieth Anniversary Edition)

A Novel
Picador Modern Classics

By Marilynne Robinson
Narrated by: Thérèse Plummer
Length: 6 hours 24 minutes

"[Narrator Therese] Plummer's talented performance is both illuminating and poignant." -- AudioFile Magazine

Winner of the Pen/Hemingway Award

Fortieth Anniversary Edition

This program includes a bonus conversation with the author.

A modern classic, Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping is the story of Ruth and her younger sister, Lucille, who...

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The Orphan's Tale

By Pam Jenoff
Narrated by: Jennifer Wydra & Kyla Garcia
Length: 12 hours 52 minutes

Look for Pam Jenoff’s new novel, The Woman with the Blue Star, an unforgettable story of courage and friendship during wartime.

A New York Times bestseller!

“Readers who enjoyed Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale and Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants will embrace this novel. “ —Library Journal

“Secrets, lies, treachery, and passion…. I read this novel... Read more »

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The Great Alone

A Novel

By Kristin Hannah
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 15 hours 1 minutes

The Great Alone

“Kristin Hannah's The Great Alone is a powerful, compelling story of survival - survival of the natural elements and of the human spirit. It's 1974, and 13-year-old Leni Allbright lives with her devoted mother, Cora, and abusive father, Ernt, who was a prisoner of war during Vietnam. America is changing after the war, and Ernt thinks their best chance at a fresh start is to move off the grid, to America's last frontier - Alaska. Grizzlies, wolves, and dropping temperatures are Leni's worries outside of her family's cabin, but as Ernt's battle with his demons rages on, it's no safer inside. The result is a beautifully descriptive, heart-wrenching adventure.”

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All the Light We Cannot See

A Novel

By Anthony Doerr
Narrated by: Zach Appelman
Length: 16 hours 2 minutes

Winner of the 2015 Audie Award for Fiction

*Winner of the Pulitzer Prize* A New York Times Book Review Top Ten Book* A National Book Award Finalist*

From Anthony Doerr, the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning author of Cloud Cuckoo Land, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a... Read more »

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Resistance Women

A Novel

By Jennifer Chiaverini
Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
Length: 20 hours 9 minutes

Resistance Women

“Based upon the life of American Mildred Fish Harnack. Mildred, Arvid & Greta meet as graduate students in Wisconsin. Arvid returns to Germany to work. Mildred follows him & they are married. Greta is forced to return to Germany because of the depression. The book follows the rise of Hitler, the increasing persecution of the intelligencia and arts community, especially Communist & Jewish members. Mildred and her friends become involved in the resistance to bring down the regime.”

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The Women in the Castle

By Jessica Shattuck
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
Length: 12 hours 38 minutes

The Women in the Castle

“Three war widows and their children help each other survive at the end of World War II in this engaging novel filled with rich period details. Their husbands died as members of the resistance, but aside from that common thread, Marianne, Benita, and Ania bring very different backgrounds to their makeshift home in the castle's kitchen. They also face repercussions from past choices and current secrets. Jessica Shattuck brings us into their world and shows us that the rules for love and loyalty are different in wartime.”

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Cape May

A Novel

By Chip Cheek
Narrated by: George Newbern
Length: 7 hours 34 minutes

Cape May

“This book is extraordinary. In a small, empty beachside town after the season ends, a couple on their ill-planned honeymoon, slowly awakening to all the ways they can disappoint each other, stumble across a Gatsby-ish household of worldly beautiful people who embrace them wholeheartedly. The days pass in a glorious gin-soaked daze; erotic tension charges every encounter. Chip writes like James Salter, with a sense of a humor and a fuller appreciation and understanding of female desire. Moving, so gorgeous, and absolutely brilliant.”

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Tangerine

By Christine Mangan
Narrated by: Barrie Kreinik & Erin Mallon
Length: 9 hours 28 minutes

Tangerine

“Set in Morocco in the 50s, this dark tale of college roommates reads like a noir thriller. Haunting, atmospheric, and reminiscent of Single White Female.”

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Love and Ruin

A Novel

By Paula McLain
Narrated by: January LaVoy
Length: 11 hours 20 minutes

Love and Ruin

“The Paris Wife and Circling the Sun were two of the most successful titles of the last decade for Alabama Booksmith, and Love and Ruin is more proof for the pudding that Paula McLain is a member of the master class of historical fiction writers. This exciting page-turner follows Martha Gellhorn as she reports from the center of the action of the Spanish Civil War, then jeopardizes her reputation and very existence by falling in love with the greatest literary giant of the day, Ernest Hemingway. This spectacular read is fact-based and deliciously entertaining.”

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The Nickel Boys (Winner 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)

A Novel

By Colson Whitehead
Narrated by: JD Jackson & Colson Whitehead
Length: 6 hours 45 minutes

The Nickel Boys (Winner 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)

“A brilliant black boy, in the wrong car, meets the wrong cop. A for-profit penal system puts him in a reform school run by abusers, with a suspicious graveyard out back. What happens next is... a powerful arc bending toward justice? Colson Whitehead delivers a book about suffering that does not revel in suffering, a book about keeping soul in a broken world, a book that leaves the reader wanting the hero to embrace the person he has become.”

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Varina

A Novel

By Charles Frazier
Narrated by: Molly Parker
Length: 12 hours 7 minutes

Varina

“In the elegant and compelling prose that made Cold Mountain an award-winning bestseller, Charles Frazier brings to life Varina Howell Davis, the wife of the president of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis. Varina is told in two voices: Varina's and Jimmie Limber's, the black boy she raises as a son and is forced to abandon as she and her children flee Richmond while the Confederacy crumbles. When Jimmie and Varina reunite years later and relive the cataclysmic events of the war years, they examine the morality and consequences of Varina's - and a nation's - choices. As great literature often does, this novel forced me to look at my own actions and attitudes with a more critical eye.”

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