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Lilac Girls is a New York Times and National Indie Bestseller!

Lilac Girls is a novel of three unsung women and their quest for love, freedom, and second chances. Inspired by the real-life character Caroline Ferriday, godmother to the Ravensbruck Rabbits,’ Lilac Girls illuminates a poignant and harrowing hidden event of WW2 history.

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

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Martha Hall Kelly photo by Jeffrey Mosier PhotographyA Note from the Author

From the time I first started writing Lilac Girls I couldn’t wait for the day when I could talk about the story with readers. Finally that time has come and I couldn’t be more excited. I love chatting with book groups and I’m grateful every day that modern technology allows us to connect.

There’s so much to talk about with Lilac Girls. The debilitating power of guilt. Mothers and daughters. Is it better to forgive or just forget? What does it mean to really love someone? How does it all connect to our current political landscape? And Halina’s ring is always an interesting topic. Somehow we all end up learning something new about ourselves and each other every time.

So send me a note via the contact link in the sidebar and let’s schedule a time to get together via Skype or in person if I’m in your area. We have a lot to chat about!



13510862_500737916791599_6886644206294582825_nFor Your Next Book Club Get Together

> Discussion Questions

View and print out some thought provoking questions you might want to use to get a good book club discussion going. Download the Lilac Girls Discussion Questions (pdf).

> Skype with the Author

Would your book club like to Skype chat about Lilac Girls with Martha? Send her a note via email (click contact link in the sidebar) to schedule a time. Lots to chat about!

> Menu Ideas

A great book club discussion isn’t complete without delicious food and beverages. Here are some suggestions for a Lilac Girls-inspired feast!


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Cynthia Bass hosts her lovely Miami book group!


An In-depth Look at Lilac Girls

> Research Journal

View the Martha’s photos and journal notes from her research trips including the US, Germany and Poland. See more…

> Illustrated Maps

Illustrator and artist Holly Hollon has created beautiful hand illustrated maps showing the locations of Martha’s research travels across Europe, Caroline’s New York and Kasia’s Lubin, Poland. See more…

> Musical Inspiration

Check out the list of classic and modern songs that inspired scenes during the writing of Lilac Girls. See more…

> Media Coverage & Praise

Read recent press coverage of the Ravensbrück rabbits in the New York Post here and here. View all the recent Lilac Girls media praise (pdf).