If I have learned anything in this long life of mine, it is this: In love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are.
Even in youth, sisters Vianne and Isabelle Rossignol were never close. Their family splintered by the death of their mother, Vianne escaped her grief by falling in love and starting a family, while Isabelle was shipped off to a succession of boarding schools. When the Nazis invade France in 1940, the estranged sisters clash over the best course of action: Sensible Vianne wants only to protect her child after her husband is conscripted to fight and a German officer is billeted in their home, while rebellious Isabelle insists on joining the French resistance. As life in occupied France becomes increasingly desperate, Vianne and Isabelle face the devastating consequences of the choices they make...and forge a bond with each other they never imagined possible. A bittersweet and affecting novel about the complexities of family, The Nightingale also pays tribute to sacrifices endured by so many women during a dark chapter of modern history. (KG)