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Subject: World War II Era
Date Posted: 9/11/2007 4:41 PM ET
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I love books (and movies) set during WWII -- not necessarily war stories, but stories about people "back home".  Can anyone recommend a good read for me preferably a mystery?

 

 

Date Posted: 9/11/2007 11:11 PM ET
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I have read a couple of Sandra Dallas' books, she wrote one set in WWII, Tallgrass, but I've not read it. Another one that came to mind was Snow Falling on Cedars, but that's been out for awhile so you may have read it.  One that I read many years ago, so I don't remember the intricacies (but do remember it was very good) was Gone to Soldiers by Marge Piercy

Date Posted: 9/12/2007 9:06 AM ET
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Thanks so much, Mimi.  I have read Snow Falling on Cedars and loved it.  Years ago I started reading Gone to Soldiers but never finished it and somehow let it get away from me.  That's an idea...I think I'll dig it up and start over.  Thanks again.

Date Posted: 9/12/2007 12:26 PM ET
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Enjoy. There's a couple of scenes in it that I still find myself pondering even though it has been easily ten years since I read it.

Date Posted: 9/12/2007 4:38 PM ET
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There is a mysteries series called the homefront mysteries by M. T. Jefferson. One is the Victory Dance Murder. Check them out as they are at home, during WWII and a mystery!

Date Posted: 9/14/2007 10:06 AM ET
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Linda,

Thanks a million.  I just ordered Victory Dance Murder this morning.  I've never heard of this series.  I know I'll enjoy it.  Again, thank you for the suggestion.

 

Nancy

Date Posted: 9/14/2007 3:33 PM ET
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There's a book on my shelf , Some Sunny Day by Annie Groves http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780007209651-Some+Sunny+Day set in Liverpool during WWII.  I don't know if this will interest you or not, but thought I'd mention it. 

Date Posted: 9/15/2007 7:37 AM ET
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I have The Great Fire by Shirley Hazzard on my shelf. It's not a mystery, but you might be interested.

The Great Fire is an extraordinary love story set in the immediate aftermath of the great conflagration of the Second World War. In war-torn Asia and stricken Europe, men and women, still young but veterans of harsh experience, must reinvent their lives and expectations, and learn, from their past, to dream again. Some will fulfill their destinies, others will falter. At the center of the story, a brave and brilliant soldier finds that survival and worldly achievement are not enough. His counterpart, a young girl living in occupied Japan and tending her dying brother, falls in love, and in the process discovers herself.

In the looming shadow of world enmities resumed, and of Asia’s coming centrality in world affairs, a man and a woman seek to recover self-reliance, balance, and tenderness, struggling to reclaim their humanity. The Great Fire is a story of love in the aftermath of war by "purely and simply, one of the greatest writers working in English today." (Michael Cunningham)