Kristin Hannah: A Look at Women in War

The History Reader

In her newest novel The Nightingale, Historical Fiction novelist and New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah offers a look at the heroism and personal sacrifice that women make during wartime.

The novel, with World War II as its back drop, details the lives of two sisters, Vianne— struggling to survive after her husband’s departure to the front lines— and Isabelle who bravely joins the Resistance efforts. Separated by circumstance, each struggles to find a way to survival in Nazi occupied France. In the video Hannah discusses her months of dutiful research into the heroic acts of Vianne and Isabelle, whose resilience inspired her to expose the untold story of women during this incredible period.


KRISTIN HANNAH is the New York Times bestselling author of novels including Night Road, Firefly Lane, True Colors and Winter Garden. She was born in Southern California and moved to Western Washington when she was eight. A former lawyer, Hannah started writing when she was pregnant and on bed rest for five months. Writing soon became an obsession, and she has been at it ever since. She is the mother of one son and lives with her husband in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii. Her latest work is The Nightingale.

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