Jan. 3: The Alice Network

 

the alice networkThe Alice Network by Kate Quinn is the story of two women surreptitiously thrown together in the aftermath of World War II. In 1947, the American coed, Charlie St. Clair, is unmarried and pregnant. She is sent to Europe by her parents to take care of her "little problem." Instead she embarks on a search for her cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war. During her search, Charlie gets a lead to find and talk to Eve Gardiner in London. 
 
Over thirty years earlier, Eve was recruited to work as a spy during the enemy occupation of France and was trained by the"queen of spies," code named Alice. We are drawn into a vast enterprise of female secret agents who become known as The Alice Network.

In the course of the journey, we witness the flowering of the very deep and special friendship that grows between the two protagonists. Eve and her driver, Finn, take Charlie on a breathtaking adventure through the historic as well as current day Europe of 1947. And, the story portrays the harsh realities of spy activities as they played out in the real-life historical Alice Network.

This is an intriguing and fast-moving story of the glory and sacrifice in war, as seen through the personas of two women, instead of the traditional male point of view. 
 
"Both funny and heartbreaking, this epic journey of two courageous women is an unforgettable tale of little-known wartime glory and sacrifice. Quinn knocks it out of the park with this spectacular book!"-Stephanie Dray, New York Times bestselling author of America's First Daughter
 
One of NPR's Best Books of the Year!
 
Please join us Thursday, Jan. 3, from 5 to 6:30 at the LLL Center. Alice Haywood will facilitate the discussion. It is free, but registration is required.

Upcoming books:
  • Feb. 7 - An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
  • March 7 - The Rent Collector by Camron Wright
  • April 4 - A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  • May 2 - The Girls of the Atomic City by Denise Kiernan
  • June 6 - The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn