World War II has been the setting and subject for many historical fiction novels. The Tuesday
Afternoon Book Club recommends “The Winter Guest” by Pam Jenoff after reading and
discussing the book at their October meeting.
The book is set in Poland in 1940. The Nazis are occupying Poland and overtaking the
country. Eighteen year old twins, Helena and Ruth are raising their three younger siblings in
Nazi -occupied Poland where the threat of arrest is present and has made everyone in their
village feel threatened. It is impossible to know which of their neighbors to trust. Although
twins, the two young women are very different but they are united in protecting their family.
The dangers of the war come closer every day.
Then Helena discovers an American paratrooper stranded outside their small village. He is
injured but alive. Risking the safety of herself and her family, Helena hides him and makes
plans for the family to flee. The soldier, not only an American but also a Jew, puts the family
in grave danger. Helena not only deals with the danger of the Nazi’s but the jealousy of her
If you enjoy Historical Fiction this may be a book for you. A review stated “ A fascinating tale
of the hidden women who helped to win the War”. Stop by the LeRoy Public Library to check
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