13. okt. 2020
Novelizing history is a dangerous game. Done badly, it can be tacky, cheesy, and – at very worst – offensive. Warping historical context to create a compelling story risks misrepresenting real human experience. The best historical fiction writers are able to deftly maneuver within the strict timelines given to them and use real people and real stories to bolster the narrative. In her novel The Alice Network, Kate Quinn has taken history and, with only minor adjustments and additions, woven a beautifully moving story about war, friendship, and the lasting effects of trauma on the human psyche. Told in alternating points of view between Charlotte’s present day search and Eve’s introduction to secret intelligence in the First World War, The Alice Network explores the total destruction of war, the strength of women, and the unbelievable lengths human beings will go to in times of chaos to protect those they love.