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1939

Avoine, France

 

Sophie Claveaux is an eighteen-year-old Jewish farm girl who carries a curse. Her mother died giving birth to her and her father has long suffered the loss. Believing herself to be the bringer of death, Sophie decides to change her fate, leave the family farm, and study art in Paris. But before she can enact her plan, her father joins the war, renewing her fear that her curse will always prevail.
 

Forced to abandon her dreams of Paris, Sophie is sent to live in safety with her grandmother—only to learn there are no safe places in a time of war.


Now, Sophie must fight to protect her grandmother, her new home, and the curious blind artist who could change everything.

 

A compelling coming-of-age drama set against the backdrop of World War II, The French Girl's War is the story of unexpected courage and surprising hope.

Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist!

1943

Brooklyn, New York

Wally Lipkin is a gifted piano player with a secret anxiety problem that causes him to lose consciousness at inopportune times. With his 18th birthday fast approaching, Uncle Sam will be calling him to fight overseas—a death sentence for a guy like Wally. ​If he comes clean to avoid the draft, he'll surely find himself locked up in a sanatorium like his crazy uncle.

 

Desperate for a solution, Wally—along with his brother Max, and their friend Frankie—enters a radio station jingle contest that promises the winner local fame, fifty clams, and a stateside government job. This would allow Wally to serve his country without facing the certain death he'd find on a foreign battlefield. 

But when an alluring jingle singer who looks like Lana Turner enters the picture, Wally's plans change dramatically. Now, his choices and his jingles may not only put his life at risk, they may turn the tide of the war.

© Herb Williams-Dalgart

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