This lovely novel was both a favorite of mine and a bookseller favorite in hardcover earlier this year. It arrives in paperback with a new cover treatment that emphasizes the love story. Not a bad choice. It’s an epic story of one couple trying to survive WWII, beautifully told and raising many questions about the choices we make. A smart, moving choice for the kinds of book clubs that have embraced recent historically-based novels like Loving Frank, The Chaperone and Orphan Train.
“A haunting love story wrapped in an engaging and unsettling history lesson… Readers will be propelled by a desire to find out what happens to John and Helen. Be prepared for an unexpected twist. Along the way, readers will learn not just about a fascinating and largely forgotten slice of American history, but what it felt like to live through it.”
— USA Today
“We need impeccably researched and sensitively written historical fiction that unpacks the war one single person at a time….[This] is a welcome addition to an honorable genre. It is also a surprise – a novel that explores a chapter in WWII history that rarely surfaces in history books and on TV channels – the part of the campaign fought on U.S. soil”
— Chicago Tribune
The Wind Is Not a River (9780062279989) by Brian Payton. $15.99 trade paper. 9/2/14 on sale.