"Lilac Girls" Is the Choice for Nashua Reads

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Lilac Girls is the selection for the 2019 Nashua Reads: One City, One Book program.

About the bookLilac Girls book jacket

New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate. But her world is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland—and then sets its sights on France.

Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her youth disappearing as she becomes a courier for the resistance. In a tense atmosphere of suspecting neighbors, one false move can have dire consequences.

For young German doctor Herta Oberheuser, a government medical position seems to be a ticket out of a desolate life. Once hired, though, she finds herself trapped in Nazi secrets and power.

The lives of these three are set on a collision course when Kasia is sent to the notorious Ravensbruck concentration camp. Their stories cross continents as Caroline and Kasia strive to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten.

Read an excerpt

You can read an excerpt of the book here.

About the author

Martha Hall Kelly has spent most of her professional life writing for major advertising agencies, including J. Walter Thompson, McCann-Erickson, and BBDO.

Martha Hall Kelly

Martha Hall Kelly
Photo credit: Jeff Mosier

Get your copy now

The library has over 100 copies of Lilac Girls, including print, large print, e-book, audio on CD, and downloadable audio versions. So reserve your copy; read it; talk about it with your friends, coworkers, and neighbors; and then come to the Nashua Public Library to meet the author this fall.

Our sponsorsFriends of the Nashua Public Library logo

Martha Hall Kelly’s appearance is sponsored by:

  • The Friends of the Nashua Public Library
  • The Ella Anderson Trust


For more information about Nashua Reads, contact Carol Luers Eyman at (603) 589-4610 or carol.eyman@nashualibrary.org.  For more information about Martha Hall Kelly please visit www.marthahallkelly.com.

About Nashua Reads: One City, One Book

The goal of the One City, One Book program is to get as many Nashuans as possible to read the same book and talk about it with friends, coworkers, and neighbors. The Nashua program is now in its 17th year.

The idea of community reading programs originated in 1998 when the Washington Center for the Book sponsored “If All of Seattle Read the Same Book.” In the years since, similar programs, under names like “One City, One Book,” “The Big Read,” and others, have been held throughout the US.

Previous Nashua Reads Books

2018: Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
2017: Heat and Light by Jennifer Haigh
2016: The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg
2015: Euphoria by Lily King
2014: The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro
2013: The Widower’s Tale by Julia Glass
2012: When Madeline Was Young by Jane Hamilton
2011: Song Yet Sung by James McBride
2010: We Are All Welcome Here by Elizabeth Berg
2009: Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian
2008: The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle
2007: Zorro by Isabel Allende
2006: In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick
2005: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
2004: Travels With Charley by John Steinbeck
2003: Empire Falls by Richard Rousseau