Team Lilac Visits Where Lilac Girls Began: The Bellamy-Ferriday House

As if I needed additional proof that I am the luckiest author ever, the Random House team behind Lilac Girls (and my agent Alexandra Machinist) took a road trip from New York City up to Bethlehem, CT. to visit The Bellamy-Ferriday House and Gardens. It was so much fun to show them around the beautiful, … More Team Lilac Visits Where Lilac Girls Began: The Bellamy-Ferriday House

I Just Discovered My Real Life Lilac Girls Heroine Exposed a Nazi Doctor to the FBI

     Many years after finishing Lilac Girls, I was surprised to read in a medical journal an incredible article, which features Nina Iwanska, the woman who inspired my Polish character Kasia in Lilac Girls. The article was written by Stafford Cohen, MD, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and told the story … More I Just Discovered My Real Life Lilac Girls Heroine Exposed a Nazi Doctor to the FBI

Love this Picture from Chick Lit Divas Book Club

I had so much fun Skyping with The Chick Lit Divas bookclub (below) today. And loved it when member Lorraine Donagher told she liked reading in Lilac Girls  the description of the Mt. Sinai, where my character Kasia went for treatment, and the nurses, since she was a Mt. Sinai nurse herself. I asked Lorraine … More Love this Picture from Chick Lit Divas Book Club

The Incredible Handcrafted Items that Arrived with the Ravensbruck Prisoners Rescued by the Swedish White Buses

I’m headed to Sweden this October at the invitation of my lovely Swedish publisher so I’m revisiting the dramatic rescue in Lilac Girls, by Count Folk Bernadotte and his white buses. I happened on an incredible collection of handmade crafts, made with found materials at the camp, and carried by the liberated women to Sweden. … More The Incredible Handcrafted Items that Arrived with the Ravensbruck Prisoners Rescued by the Swedish White Buses

What an Incredible Day at the French Consulate Honoring Lilac Girls’ Caroline Ferriday and Nine New Legion of Honor Recipients

I wish Caroline Ferriday could have seen it, the French Consulate in New York City in full regalia, nine WWII veterans honored with the Legion of Honor, which she was awarded over seventy years ago. The French School of New York City brought 18 students to read the bios of each awardee and there wasn’t … More What an Incredible Day at the French Consulate Honoring Lilac Girls’ Caroline Ferriday and Nine New Legion of Honor Recipients