Novels with World War II settings

Currently there are 2 books on the New York Times bestseller list with World War II settings: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (72 weeks on the list) and Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (33 weeks on the list). World War II remains a popular setting for novels with a diversity of plots, characters, and styles. You can find novels with World War II settings in our catalog by searching “World War fiction”. I enjoyed All the Light We Cannot See and if you did too, try one of these compelling and haunting books that have an emphasis on the toll that World War II took on the people who lived through it.

Blackout and All Clear by Connie Willis

Time travelling historians live through the bombing of London as they try to get back to their own time. Fascinating details about life in England during World War II. Be sure to read these in order with Blackout first, then All Clear.

Girl in the Blue Beret by Bobbie Ann Mason

An American pilot who was shot down in France goes back years later to undercover the story of the Resistance fighters who helped him. Moving story of bravery and deprivation.

Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

Charming and heartrending story about the people on the German-occupied English island of Guernsey who form a book club as an alibi.

Postmistress by Sarah Blake

The lives of three women converge--a postmistress in a small Massachusetts town, a young wife whose doctor husband volunteered to go to London, and a reporter tracking Jewish refugees.

Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian

The lives of two separate groups intersect as they flee west to avoid the advancing Russians near the end of World War II. Jewish women from a concentration camp are in one group, and family members from a wealthy Prussian family are in the other group.



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