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From the critically acclaimed author of I Was Anastasia, comes the latest feat of historical fiction, CODE NAME HÉLÈNE, based on the life of World War II socialite spy Nancy Wake.
Writer Ariel Lawhon has found an incomparable muse in Wake, whose fascinating life story the New York Times outlined in her 2011 obituary. But this was only the start. Exhilaratingly courageous and suspenseful, CODE NAME HÉLÈNE follows her rise and true exploits as a French Resistance Hero, socialite, spy, lover, smuggler, fighter, and most wanted against the back drop of glittering cocktails and a landscape ravaged by World War II.
Replete with mesmerizing archival details and an unbridled imagination that transports the reader into the heart of the late 1930s, this is Lawhon’s strongest work to date—her propulsive, emotionally-fraught narrative raises the stakes as high as they will go. Lush with danger, romance, and spellbinding narrative structures that weave their way into the rich historical tapestry, you begin to wonder how it is ever possible you hadn’t heard of this remarkable woman until now.