Best Historical fiction about WW II and the years leading up to it.

As the author of 2 award-winning books about W.W. II, (LIFE IN A JAR: THE IRENA SENDLER PROJECT and BEFORE THE COURT OF HEAVEN), I’d like to share my recommendations for other books about the war and the Holocaust, that are well written. These works inspired and informed me. 

Each, in their own way, are visceral depictions of a critical time in history – seen through the eyes of ordinary people living in extraordinary times. These characters live in their eternal present, and we understand character during that time, not just the plot. I truly believe this helps us make critical choices in our extraordinary time.  

Suite Francaise   – Irene Nemirovsky

Suite Francaise – Irene Nemirovsky

The Invisible Bridge  - Julie Orringer

The Invisible Bridge - Julie Orringer

The Holocaust by Bullets   - Fr. Patrick Desbois

The Holocaust by Bullets - Fr. Patrick Desbois

Skeletons at the Feast   – Chris Bohjalian

Skeletons at the Feast – Chris Bohjalian

Any Book by Alan Furst:   A Hero of France , Mission to Paris, Spies of Warsaw

Any Book by Alan Furst: A Hero of France, Mission to Paris, Spies of Warsaw

Once We Were Brothers  - Ronald Balson

Once We Were Brothers - Ronald Balson

A Thread of Grace   - Mary Doria Russell

A Thread of Grace - Mary Doria Russell

The Sandcastle Girls   - Chris Bohjalian

The Sandcastle Girls - Chris Bohjalian

The Muralist  - Barbara A. Shapiro

The Muralist - Barbara A. Shapiro

Every Man Dies Alone   - Hans Fallada

Every Man Dies Alone - Hans Fallada

The Nightingale   - Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah

Beneath a Scarlet Sky   - Mark Sullivan

Beneath a Scarlet Sky - Mark Sullivan

All the Light We Cannot See  - Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr