The Alice Network

The Alice Network

by Kate Quinn

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Overview

Featuring an exclusive excerpt from Kate Quinn's next incredible historical novel, THE HUNTRESS

 

NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY BESTSELLER

#1 GLOBE AND MAIL HISTORICAL FICTION BESTSELLER

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 truth...no 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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781432839406
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 06/21/2017
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 715
Sales rank: 149,831
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Kate Quinn is a native of Southern California. She attended Boston University, where she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in classical voice. A lifelong history buff, she has written four novels in the Empress of Rome Saga and two books set in the Italian Renaissance detailing the early years of the infamous Borgia clan. All have been translated into multiple languages. She and her husband now live in San Diego with two black dogs named Caesar and Calpurnia.

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The Alice Network 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 96 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had not heard of The Alice Network prior to reading this excellent story. Brave women who deserve great praise and respect. There have been a number of stories lately about occupied France and I am learning a lot. I have already recommended this book, before I finished and definately will continue. JDL 7/14/17
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. It is well written and keeps you wanting to stay up all night to find out what happens next. My daughters, her friend and my Mother are all reading it at the same time. We were hooked from the first few pages. Then to find out it is based on true events, taken from people who fought in WW1 and woven into this wonderful book. These characters who are so different but blend in perfect harmony was one of the best books I've read in a long time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Incredible historical fiction. Could not put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was well written and so very interesting. The back and forth between the 2 womaen, and the 2 wars was handled smoothly and effectively. I had no idea about this brave group of women. Amazing research went into this beautifully woven tale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an incredible book! Historical fiction at it's best! Reminded me of Kristen Hannah's "The Nightingale".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book club read not only did it maintain my interest i never knew about the AliceNetwork of strong independent women risking their lives during WW1..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its been a while since a book has really held my attention,but this one certainly did! I enjoy well written historical fiction especially when they are about women. I look forward.to reading another by Kate Quinn.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting approach to a spy novel. I found the more I read the more I couldn’t put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel is strong and powerful. I'm so glad I had a chance to learn about what these brave women accomplished.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I left this book in my TBR pile for way too long!! Wonderfully well written book that shared a lot of insight of the lengths these women went through to do their part for the war.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Truth is always stranger than fiction. While the book is a novel, it’s roots come from truth. This makes the story so much better and believable. I highly recommend this book to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kate Quinn delivers a powerhouse, an enthralling, can’t put down book. A story filled with breathtaking narratives that makes you feel as if you’re right there while the story unfolds. The Alice Network is a definite must-read, just superb!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent. Loved the writing, learned many aspects of the war and spy's that I didn't know before. Courageous women.
gaele More than 1 year ago
A dual-perspective story blends two tales: the first of Charlie who, in 1947 is pregnant, unmarried, and while in Europe to remedy that situation at her parents’ behest, decides to discover just what happened to a beloved cousin who disappeared in Nazi-Occupied France and the tale of Eve, joining the fight against the Germans as a trained operative in a female-heavy spy network, The Alice Network, until treachery brought its downfall. Fascinating reading as Quinn gives us Charlie’s story: the death of her brother brought the whole family low: and reignited her questions about her cousin Rose and just how (or why) she disappeared in German-occupied France during the second world war. Deciding to find answers to her questions despite her parents’ plans for her trek to Europe unlocks a series of twists, turns and strange parallels between the young student and the now middle-aged former spy Eve. A series of betrayals and surprises brought the unlikely Eve to the place she is now. Nearly a recluse, bitter and disillusioned, she also has questions about the end of the Alice network, and perhaps some of those answers and her own experience will help Charlie solve the mystery of Rose’s disappearance. With her only regular human contact being her ‘man of all things’ Finn, the three set out to find answers and uncover secrets long buried. Charlie’s story is told in first person, Eve’s in third: the strange correlations that keep popping up between the two in terms of life experience and losses. With one of Charlie’s only clues being a man named René and a restaurant become the impetus for Eve’s teaming up with Charlie to find answers. Oh the twists, turns and bits of information and history dropped throughout this book are wonderful: some heartbreaking, others using humor, all highlighted by the sense of purpose and determination displayed by Eve, her compatriots and others working to resist the threats. Spy stories are obsession worthy – they usually have everything: drama, intrigue, danger and enemies: hard to resist that combination. But Quinn did one more thing here: she brought us characters that are flawed yet wholly human, determined to finally get answers, some long overdue: while billed as a search for Charlie’s cousin, what emerges even more strongly is the rediscovered courage, pride and purpose for both Charlie and Eve as they unravel the knots to get to answers, settle questions and tell stories of courage, danger and betrayals of the past. Perfect for readers who want a perspective from history that is not well-known, Kate Quinn’s skills in making the transitions from factual inclusions told in a fictional character’s voice are unparalleled: each informing the other as the tension, emotion and information are revealed. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very compelling novel. Kept my interest up the entire book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great story with true historical events woven throughout along with real people that participated to defeat the enemy. A creative novel that brings to light the efforts of brave women during WWI & WWII.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent and captivating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enough said.
LeeNCLD 12 days ago
Had not read this author and now I WILL NOT STOP!!! The Alice Network is a jaw-dropping read that you will not put down!!! Just SIMPLY AMAZING WORK!!!!! Thank you, Thank you.
Anonymous 3 months ago
From start to finish this book was difficult to put down. Twists and turns
Anonymous 4 months ago
Good story. Good writing. Thoughtful. Read it.
Anonymous 4 months ago
What a great piece of historical fiction. I learned so much and if you want a story that celebrates strong women, this is it!
Anonymous 5 months ago
Xkoqueen 5 months ago
Kate Quinn’s The Alice Network is fantastic historical fiction. The author expertly weaves together story lines from 1915 and 1947. Whether readers think it convenient or brilliant, the author ties the quests and ghosts of two women together at the novel’s zenith. The two main characters narrate the novel. I found Charlotte “Charlie” St. Clair to be a rather self-absorbed, whiney girl who thinks she is a grown-up. Over the course of the novel, Charlie comes to the conclusion that she has not been tested, and realizes what strength and fortitude it took for Eve and her fellow spies to carry on throughout the war. Her continued use of the phrase “solve for X” became annoying after the second use. Unfortunately, she repeatedly uses the phrase every time she has a real life problem/puzzle. It was hard to get behind this character and care about her troubles, and at times, I was tempted to skip ahead to the next chapter. The most interesting part of The Alice Network is Eve Gardiner’s story. She is a survivor of the covert Alice Network of resistance spies. She is a crass, salty dog, and every inch a battered war hero. Her story had me on edge and my stomach in knots. The slow unfurling of her activities in WWI was absolutely delicious. Eve’s hired help, Finn, rounds out the trio on the quest. He is minimally developed, and acts as Eve’s muscle and a love interest for Charlie. I loved Finn’s quintessential calm, cool demeanor. He is a bit of an outlaw, but a gentleman at heart. When the trio travel the French countryside in search of Charlie’s beloved cousin, Rose, the pace of the story speeds up quite a bit. From Lille to Limoge and finally Grasse, the three become covert agents in search not only for Charlie’s cousin, but also Eve’s nemesis. The excitement of the hunt along with the rich historical information enthralled me. Jean Zimmerman said it best when she reviewed this book for NPR, “In The Alice Network, the lives of two indomitable women intertwine in a plot crackling with suspense. We root for Charlie and Eve, and cheer when they triumph.” Audiobook is excellently narrated by Saskia Maarleveld.