by Irene Nemirovsky
Not only is the story of people in France during WWII compelling, but the story of the book itself and the notes left by the author make this a very special read.
The posthumous publication of Suite Francaise
is as remarkable and poignant as the novel itself. Written while the author herself experienced the events, Nemirovsky recounts the turmoil surrounding the fall of Paris in 1940 and the moral complexities that arise during the 1941 German occupation of a French village. Nemirovsky’s beautiful prose creates memorable scenes and lush descriptions of nature. The evolving relationships between the villagers, the occupying soldiers, the wealthy landowners, and the farmers create a fascinating story. One of the most interesting storylines is the friendship between the lonely and lovely Lucile Angellier and Bruno, the German officer who is a musical composer. In 1942, Nemirovsky died in Auschwitz and was unable to complete the larger work that Suite Francaise
was to comprise.
Read a New York Times
or a Washington Post
review to find out about the origins of the book and background information on the author. Also check out the publisher's website
, a reading group guide
, and more. You can also read the first chapter