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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.

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“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)

Caroline Ferriday’s Fight to Bring the Rabbits to America

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There’s so much for book clubs 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.

Book clubs have done so many creative things at their Lilac Girls meetings. Cooked foods featured in the book (one served the Polish Hunters Stew from Kasia’s wedding chapter), used the Lilac Girls maps as centerpieces and featured lilacs in so many creative ways, including cocktails. I also have a growing collection of book clubs that have re-enacted the book cover, arm in arm. So great!

If you have any pictures from your Lilac Girls book group just send them along. I just love seeing them and will add them to the Book Club Gallery, below.


For 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).

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 – just click the images below to get the recipes!


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).

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