Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Lilac Girls - Martha Hall Kelly

There are lots of WWII stories round, and it is nice to read one from a fresh perspective.  In this novel we follow three women, Herta the young German Doctor who is looking for a new job.  Caroline, the ex actress American socialite who is now working at the French Consulate in New York.  Between helping out desperate refugees and fund raising for French orphans she develops an infatuation with Paul, a French actor and finds herself distracted  by his attention.  Kasia is a Polish teenager who is helping out with the resistance as the Germans invade and take over her homeland, and she finds herself taken with her sister and other women from their community to Ravensbruck and Nazi Camp.  Here women were selected to undergo medical experiments by the doctors in the camp, without consent and in inhumane conditions.

Such a compelling story , as most Holocaust stories are you wonder if this could happen in a modern world and what we would have done in any of these womens positions, and what we would have done to survive. 5/5


Martha Kelly said...

Glad you enjoyed it!

p.s. your cat is just gorgeous! :)

John Bellen said...

It's sad to think that, after all the world's talk about 'never again', it keeps happening: Bosnia, Rwanda and now Syria and Iraq under ISIS.

On the other hand, it's pretty neat to receive a jessage from the author, especially when she has such good taste in cats.

Martha Kelly said...

So true, John! Love your insightful comments about the book and how it connects to what's happening in the world today. And Poppy Q would be tops on anyone's list. What a doll.