Lilac Girls

Lilac Girls

A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2016
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An arresting, powerful debut novel inspired by the life of debutante turned unlikely WWII hero Caroline Ferriday. Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish Catholic teenager, is nervously anticipating the changes that are sure to come since Germany has declared war on Poland. As tensions rise abroad - and in her personal life - Caroline's interest in aiding the war effort grows and she eventually comes to hear about the dire situation at the Ravensbruck all-female concentration camp. Through Ravensbruck the two women's lives will converge in unprecedented ways and a novel of redemption and hope emerges that is breathtaking in scope and depth. From New York to Paris, and Furstenberg to Lublin, Martha Hall Kelly captures the powerful pull of human compassion, strong enough to stretch across continents and capable of triumphing over the grim evils of war.
Publisher: [Westminster, MD] : Books on Tape, [2016]
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781101889602
1101889608
9781101889589
Characteristics: 14 sound dicsc (17 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in

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AL_MARYA Jul 30, 2017

Lilac Girls illuminates the horrific medical experimentation on the young polish women incarcerated at Ravensbruck during WWII. The fact that this story is rooted in history makes it all the more heart wrenching.

MissLauraStorytime Feb 06, 2017

Martha Hall Kelly's debut novel spans two decades, from the beginning of WWII in 1939 to the world struggling to return to more peaceful lives in 1959, and elegantly weaves together the lives of three women who are caught up in the shifting circumstances of their times. Based on the true stories of prisoners at the Ravensbruck concentration camp, the doctor who caused them so much physical and emotional pain, and the New Yorker who came to their aid, this is a novel whose characters, settings, and plot have equal parts to play. Superbly researched, beautifully written, and expertly read, this is a story that stands with other excellent WWII novels like The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure, and
A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell.

AL_CHRISTINES Nov 30, 2016

This was beautiful and devastating novel from the perspective of three different women in vastly different circumstances during WWII. For me, the book was all the more interesting finding out that two of the main characters where real people, the other, a composite of some of the women horrifically experimented on in Ravensbruck. For all the shock from the utter cruelty of some, this storyline is mostly about brave survivors and, thankfully, heroic women who dedicated themselves to giving selflessly to help those they don't know. This story has it all.

AL_TATYANA Nov 17, 2016

This is Kelly's debut novel, and I think a successful one. It belongs to historical genre: WWII. There are three stories in the novel, intermingled and interwoven in a beautiful and heartbreaking narrative. One is narrated by Caroline, an American girl who is volunteering at the French Consulate trying to help orphans and refugees as much as she could. The second is done by Kasia, a Polish girl, who ends up in Ravensbruck, a concentration camp for women, as a Rabbit. And finally, Herta, a German girl, one of the doctors, who carry out medical experiments beyond cruelty on the so called Rabbits. There are three readers whose brilliant performance convey the three different characters of the novel, their destinies, their views, their feelings.

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TheresaAJ
Aug 01, 2016

Kelly explores the medical experiments that took place on human "rabbits" at Ravensbruck concentration camp during World War II. The novel opens in 1939 in Lublin, Poland when the Nazis have launched their first attack and ends in 1959 when Kasia confronts her Nazi tormenter. The author uses two real people, Caroline Ferriday, a New York City socialite, and Dr. Herta Oberheuser, a German doctor, and creates Kasia Kuzmerick (a composite of several Ravensbruck survivors) to explore the impact of war and its horrors on people. As the reader follows the characters' lives for 20 years, he or she can view conflict, political ideology, and well-meaning intentions from various perspectives. This book would provide lots of discussion for any book club. I found the author's notes about her research just as fascinating as the novel.

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