New York Times and National Indie Bestseller

“Harrowing . . . Lilac illuminates.”

“Extremely moving and memorable . . . This impressive debut should appeal strongly to historical fiction readers and to book clubs that adored Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale and Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See.”
Library Journal (starred review)

“[A] compelling first novel . . . This is a page-turner demonstrating the tests and triumphs civilians faced during war, complemented by Kelly’s vivid depiction of history and excellent characters.”
Publishers Weekly

Introducing Lilac Girls: A Novel

A Note from Martha

I hope you find something interesting here in the research for my novel Lilac Girls, based on the true story of how Caroline Ferriday, an American socialite and Broadway actress fought for Polish women imprisoned at Ravensbruck Concentration Camp. It’s been a ten year journey to uncover the details of the story- from New York to Poland and Germany and France. I found some amazing info and pictures along the way and hope you enjoy them.


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