The Soldier's Wife
Publication Date: December 2011
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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the July 2011 Indie Next List
“Open this book and you'll be transported to the island of Guernsey during World War II where you'll meet Vivienne de la Mare, a true heroine. Leroy paints the setting beautifully. You will see the abundant gardens already going to seed because they've been abandoned by those who left the island before the Germans came. You will feel the weight of the German occupation as the soldiers move in, take most of the food, and ever so politely terrify the people. As Vivienne takes great risks to care for her children and her mentally frail mother-in-law, she falls into a forbidden love affair. Warning: Once you start The Soldier's Wife, you'll be hooked.”
-- Elaine Petrocelli, Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA
A gripping tale of passion and courage set in World War II-occupied Guernsey, "The Soldier's Wife" tells the story of housewife and mother Vivienne de la Mare, as she is torn between loyalty and love. 416 pp.
Conversation Starters from ReadingGroupChoices.com
- The book opens with Vivienne reading fairy tales to her younger daughter, Millie. Discuss the ways in which The Soldier’s Wife is like a fairy tale, as well as the important ways in which it is not. Discuss, too, the running motif of fairy tales throughout the book, including what Vivienne reads to Millie out of Angie’s book of Guernsey stories. Is Leroy using the fairy tales as symbols, or metaphors, or as a way of constructing a thematic statement for the book? (Or, perhaps, all three?)