Sunday, July 02, 2023

Seven top books about life under occupation in WWII

Bryn Turnbull is the internationally bestselling author of The Woman Before Wallis and The Last Grand Duchess. With a master of letters in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews, a master of professional communication from Toronto Metropolitan University and a bachelor's degree in English literature from McGill University, Turnbull focuses on finding stories of women lost within the cracks of the historical record.

Her new novel is The Paris Deception.

[My Book, The Movie: The Paris Deception; The Page 69 Test: The Paris Deception; Q&A with Bryn Turnbull]

At Lit Hub Turnbull tagged seven books that explore the stories of ordinary people living through the extraordinary time of the Second Word War. One title on the list:
Janie Chang, The Library of Legends (China)

The Nanking Massacre was one of the most tragic chapters in Chinese history, resulting in the deaths of at least 200,000 people and approximately 20,000 cases of rape. In The Library of Legends, author Janie Chang follows the trail of university student Hu Lian and her classmates as they flee from the destruction left behind by the invading Japanese forces, traveling a thousand miles on foot to western China while carrying the fabled Library of Legends: a collection of China’s myths, as endangered by the massacre for the ideas they represent as the students themselves.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Library of Legends is among Megan Mabee's eight books about magical and mysterious libraries.

--Marshal Zeringue