Review: Lilac Girls

Available April 5th: Lilac Girls

***3.5/5 stars- Really liked it

This debut novel explores the female experience of World War II, from New York to Nazi concentration camp in German-occupied Poland.

Recommended readers:

  • Readers of wartime historical fiction
  • Those interested in the female experience of war
  • Fans of novels based on real people

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 3.5/5 for characters
  • 3.5/5 for plot
  • 3.5/5 overall


With main characters based upon the lives of real people, Lilac Girls explores the Second World War from three very different perspectives:  A New York Socialite who seeks to help, a Polish teenager caught in the resistance movement, and an young doctor posted to concentration camp in German-occupied Poland. The most interesting thing about this novel was the way it stretches into the postwar years, exploring how the characters (so well drawn, even if not sympathetic) continued to reckon their existence following the most significant years of their lives.  This one is all character development, and as much as about surviving ordinary life as the surviving the war.  Difficult to read at times, with challenging situations and characters, but ultimately redeeming.

Lilac Girls  will be available on April 5th


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