Suite Française

Suite Française

Book - 2006
Average Rating:
Rate this:
A story of life in France under the Nazi occupation includes two parts--"Storm in June," set amid the chaotic 1940 exodus from Paris, and "Dolce," set in a German-occupied village rife with resentment, resistance, and collaboration
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2006
Edition: First North American edition
ISBN: 9781400044733
Branch Call Number: FIC Nemirovsky, I 2006
Characteristics: [xi], 395 pages : map ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Smith, Sandra 1949-
Alternative Title: Suite française. English


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

CRRL_MegRaymond Jul 25, 2017

A novel hidden for 60 years after the death of the author at Auschwitz tells a beautiful story of Parisians fleeing their city in 1940.

Jan 01, 2017

Interesting characters and some horrible stories about human beings who should be deprived of a privelage to be called humans. I found the first part to be more interesting, although I had to remind myself who was who by tracking some characters down...I didn't complete the second part because at some point I started feeling that I was going in circles. I did learn quite a few facts about WWll that I didn't know - this book is rich in providing all those specific to France details, but at the same time it left me a bit confused. The German occupants, in this book, are described as being polite, helpful and respectful to the community. Yet, throughout the book we read about the French people being bombed, killed and taken as prisoners.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 04, 2016

On its own, Suite Française isn't all that great. Unfortunately, the novel was never finished and this reads more like incomplete outline told in beautiful sentences. Take it for what it is, however, and read the appendices, and there's a chance you'll find a way through the jumbled story to a meaningful tale.

Feb 09, 2016

The parts she wrote are great; leaving the reader wanting more. Part one covering the Invasion and Part two the occupation. Being unfinished the reader is left unsatisfied, the writer died before she could.

cmlibrary_jdesantis Dec 15, 2015

If you ever wanted to read a book on the Nazi invasion -- this is it!

Jun 15, 2015

This book is an amazing work that lets you really understand what is was like to live during the exodus from Paris during WWII and the bittersweet humanity that is experienced by some living in an occupied village. I like that it portrays life from characters across social economics. My husband is reading it now.

Apr 14, 2015

This uncompleted “suite” about WWII France shows a variety of French citizens in Paris and small villages as the Germans invade and then occupy France. The French weren’t all heroes. Some were selfish, some were generous. Nemirosvsky portrays the French as individuals. As I read it I felt that this was really what life was like. When you read the story of the author’s life during World War II the story has even more meaning.

Jan 25, 2011

Karen tagged this book a strong 5. Author died in Auchwitz at age of 39.

Jan 10, 2011

I found this book difficult to get into. I couldn't get involved with any of the characters as the story bounces back and forth between several families very quickly. I found myself working hard to finish passages and eventually, gave up.

Dec 16, 2010

Book Club - great personalities

View All Comments


Add a Summary

Jan 30, 2011

Early WWII, during and after Germany's invasion of France. First book is about refugees and their travels and some meeting each other. Book two (Dolce) is about some of these same characters and some new ones coping with occupation of their village by German soldiers.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at KHCPL

To Top