The Alice Network

The Alice Network

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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Featuring an exclusive excerpt from Kate Quinn's next incredible historical novel, THE HUNTRESS



One of NPR's Best Books of the Year!

One of Bookbub's Biggest Historical Fiction Books of the Year!

Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick!

The 2017 Girly Book Club Book of the Year!

A Summer Book Pick from Good Housekeeping, Parade, Library Journal, Goodreads, Liz and Lisa, and BookBub

In an enthralling new historical 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.

1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. So when Charlie's parents banish her to Europe to have her "little problem" taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister.

1915. A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she's recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, she's trained by the mesmerizing Lili, the "Queen of Spies", who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy's nose.

Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn't heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the matter where it leads.

"Both funny and heartbreaking, this epic journey of two courageous women is an unforgettable tale of little-known wartime glory and sacrifice. Quinn knocks it out of the park with this spectacular book!"--Stephanie Dray, New York Times bestselling author of America's First Daughter

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062654199
Branch Call Number: FIC Quinn
Characteristics: 503, 14 pages : map, portrait ; 21 cm


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Jul 10, 2019

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Jul 09, 2019

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

Jul 04, 2019

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

Jun 22, 2019

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

Jun 21, 2019

Slow, boring. Couldn't finish it.

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.

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.

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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