Now in Paperback: The Wind is Not a River – Brian Payton

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.

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