Six novels -Six countires. The WWII home front experience. City of Thieves (2009) by David Benioff tells a grimly comic tale of a youth caught up in the siege of Leningrad. In Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean, a Russian survivor is losing track with the present but maintains vivid memories of the war. Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernières sets the passion of love against wartime allegiances. Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian paints a stark portrait German refugees in flight from a vengeful Russian army. An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro is a touching portrait of a traditioanl Japanese who cannot fathom the changes wrought by the war. Finally, The Postmistress by Sarah Blake weaves together parallel story lines to show a United States in denial to events in Europe. These novels are offered as a tie in with the coming community read of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.