11 World War II Fiction Books You Never Knew Existed
11 World War II Fiction Books Even the Biggest Genre Fans Have Yet to Read
If you love World War II fiction, you'll love the following books we found.
A devastating and horrific war, the novels below have created characters whose resilience is astonishing. With romantic undertones or brave themes, the best World War II books contain hope and strength unlike any other genre.
You will have a hard time putting any of these books down. Through tears or laughter, fans of the genre and bookworms alike will enjoy the works of fiction created by talented authors. Enjoy some of the best, heartbreaking, and motivating World War II stories below.
You likely read Catch-22 in high school and for good reason. The truth about war and the impact in holds on soldiers is ever present in this classic. You should revisit Joseph Heller's classic satirical piece of fiction.
2. The Room on Rue Amélie
Three characters, Ruby, Charlotte, and Thomas are all pulled together by World War II in this breathtaking fictional story of love and hope. Ruby, moves to Paris with her husband but in 1939 there isn't much to celebrate when France is invaded by Nazi's. Charlotte, an eleven-year-old watched as her city is taken over by swastikas and mass deportation begins. Thomas is fighting for the British Royal Air Force but when he finds himself in Paris he realizes he's fighting for much, much more. The three must find courage deep within to fight the Nazi regime while learning to love again.
3. The Last Year of the War
Elise Sontag, a typical American teenager is thrown into an internment camp in Texas with her family. Her father is accused of being a Nazi sympathizer and now she's a prisoner in her own country. There, she meets Mariko Inoue, a Japanese-American from Los Angeles. The girls strike up a bond and friendship that gives them hope that their lives are waiting for them on the other side. Through strength and resilience we see how World War II will shape the lives of two young women.
4. The Things We Cannot Say
Alina Dziak is unconcerned when Nazi soldiers show up near her families farm at the Polish border. She's too concerned with seeing her boyfriend. Tomasz when he returns from college. But her world is turned upside down when the Nazi occupation engulfs everything she knows and loves. And when Tomasz is unheard from, Alina's life is changing without her consent. But through hope and resilience she will have to find her voice once again.
Follow along as Billy Pilgrim experiences the reality of war during World War II. With a cast of characters in tow, his time as an American solider and eventually and chaplain's assistant is a unique and classic view of war and the last effects it has on mankind.
6. The Book Thief
This New York Times bestseller is an outstanding story about the power of knowledge in 1939 Germany. Liesel Meminger can't resist it, she steals books every chance she gets. Her foster father encourages her to read and shares the stolen merchandise with neighbors, adding a little light to the darkness that has taken over Munich. Liesel and her foster father have taken the greatest risk of all, harboring a Jewish man in their basement in this amazing must-read World War II novel.
7. Lilac Girls
Socalite, Caroline Ferriday works at the French consulate but it's not all wine and croissants. When Hitler invades Poland in 1939 her life is changed forever. Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager is in the middle of an underground resistance movement. Then there's German doctor, Herta Oberheuser who finds herself in the middle of a male-dominated war and is trapped working for the Nazi's. When Kasia is sent to a concentration camp, the lives of the three women are woven together over continents.
8. The Flight Girls
If you want an inspiring story about the Women Airforce Service Pilots during World War II well then as luck would have it, The Flight Girls is here. A powerful example of female fearlessness, the little-known piece of history is worthy of your time and will delight fans of the World War II genre.
9. Rose Under Fire
American ATA pilot, Rose Justice, is captured by the Nazi's and sent to a women's concentration camp. Rose manages to find hope under the worst of circumstances. She befriends other prisoners and the loyalty and friendship helps the women find hope in the worst of times.
10. The Winemaker's Wife
In 1940, Inès and Michel are newlyweds, living in Champagne and running the Maison Chauveau. The Germans are invading France and danger is around every corner when Michel puts his marriage in jeopardy. For Céline the half-Jewish wife of the chef Michel employs, she flirts with danger and risks everything, for everyone. In 2019, New York Liv Kent is thrusted into her French grandmother's trip to France but it isn't without interior motives that might be heartbreaking for the both of them.
11. What I Saw and How I Lied
Evie is soon caught in a tangled web of lives after World War II. When handsome Peter Coleridge, a GI in her husband's company comes to visit, Evie's world is rocked yet again. Lies, secrets, and tragedy are now abundant in her new world.