Irene Nemirovsky wrote Suite Francaise intending it to be a series of 5 books. Unfortunately she had only written two before she died. They were published as one book in 2004 – but were written in the early 1940's just before the author was interned in Auschwitz and died there – despite having years earlier converted to Catholicism.
The book is set in the early days of the German occupation of France.
|The author's handwritten manuscript|
It was just good luck that it got published at all – her family thought it was a diary and didn't read it fearing it to be too painful and it was only looked at in 1998 and discovered to be fiction!
I recommend this book highly – obviously it suffers a bit from being only part of a planned series but it is poignant, sad and hopeful as well. It has been very well translated.