The Alice Network

The Alice Network

Large Print - 2017
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In an enthralling new novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, two women -- a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947 -- are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.
Published: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning,, 2017.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781432839406
1432839403
Branch Call Number: F QUI
Characteristics: 703 pages (large print) :,map ;,23 cm.

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Of all the WWII (and WWI) books I've read recently (they just seem to keep finding me) I really loved this one. “Hope was such a painful thing, far more painful than rage.”

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DBRL_ANNEG Dec 30, 2017

This was a very solid read for me--great historical suspense that kept me thinking about it even when I had to set it down. I loved how the author was inspired to write this based on a tidbit of information she found. It's always fun to read great fiction and learn the true stories behind it. The... Read More »


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mcdoff
Jul 10, 2019

Recd by Alicia

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Beverleigh
Jul 09, 2019

Such a good book. I couldn't put it down.

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Girlmom9d3
Jul 04, 2019

Solid and entertaining read based on history. I found myself captured by the characters and their personal journeys.

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betsymarzoni
Jun 22, 2019

Beautifully woven story of bravery, friendship, dedication, and love. Great writing.

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captbligh
Jun 21, 2019

Slow, boring. Couldn't finish it.

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peacebenow
Jun 10, 2019

I couldn't put this book down or go to sleep easily. Quinn brought history, literature, arts, friendship into an exciting story of women and their contribution to the War efforts of I & II. Not only that, she made no attempt to glorify war as done so often w/ current day war celebrations. War ruins people and families and should always be avoided by our elected leaders if at all possible. Quinn is a great researcher, writer and storyteller, you won't be disappointed. I will remember Eve, Lili, Marguerite, Charlie...

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW May 16, 2019

I am very late to the party in reading this, but I'm glad I finally picked it up, and can absolutely understand why it's been so popular. It's not really doing anything new -- dual-timeline World War I/II historical fiction is hardly uncharted territory -- but I think it's doing what it does extremely well. It is unquestionably one of the best uses of the alternating timelines I've ever seen -- I thought both the 1915 storyline and the 1947 storyline were equally interesting, and thought they were woven together perfectly. This is a perfect mixture of wartime espionage and a journey of self-discovery and a bit of romance, and I really enjoyed it. It's also incredibly readable -- despite being 500 pages long, I got through it in only a couple of days. Be sure not to skip the author's note at the end -- the amount of content in this book that is real, true history was fascinating to read about.

PerthEastLibrary Mar 21, 2019

The Caught Read-Handed Book Club read this book for their March meeting. Everyone enjoyed this book, and found it intriguing that it was based on real history. There was discussion surrounding Eve and Charlie as characters, the decisions they made, PTSD, and if/how we treat it in 2019. We were left wanting to know more about certain characters, and thought that it would be an interesting book to be made into a movie.

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Tica77
Mar 19, 2019

I read this book in a couple of days. Based partially on a true person, the author has woven the lives of real and fictitious individuals to describe the history of women spies during the First World War. Quinn alternates between 1915 and 1947 to describe the life of Evelyn and how she is able, thirty years later, to find peace due in large part to the love and support of young American Charlie (Charlotte) and Scotman Finn. The suspense continues throughout the book. Highly recommended.

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Suellen1111
Mar 07, 2019

Excellent! Well written with fully developed characters and an intricate story line. The move between time frames was handled with a minimum of confusion. A good story about strong women in charge of their own lives.

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Sep 17, 2018

“There are two kinds of flowers when it comes to women,” Eve said. “The kind that sit safe in a beautiful vase, or the kind that survive in any conditions . . . even in evil. Lili was the latter. Which are you?” - p. 336

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