The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale
Kristin Hannah
St. Martins Press

ISBN: 978-0312577223


Kristin Hannah

Audio interview Audio Interview With the Author

 Audio Length: 15 minutes


 “In love we find out who we want to be.  In war we find out who we are.”
–Opening line from THE NIGHTINGALE

 New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah’s latest novel, THE NIGHTINGALE (St. Martin’s Press), has been on all major bestseller lists including the Times for more than six months. TriStar Pictures has now optioned the film rights.

In this Authorlink AUDIO interview, Kristin tells us what inspired her to write the book, and how she would like readers to remember the women who fought to save their families and themselves during World War II. She hopes readers will gain insight into how war affects ordinary people. 

THE NIGHTINGALE is a departure from Kristin’s previous books. While as carefully crafted as her other work, it is a more emotionally searing, often brutal story set in France during World War II. With life as they knew it utterly changed, two sisters—one in Paris, the other in the French countryside – find their moral and physical strength sorely tested. Isabelle joins the resistance and creates an escape route out of the Nazi-occupied territory for downed Allied airmen. Struggling in her impoverished village, Vianne tries to keep her small family alive, but is moved to acts of heroism that put her life and that of her child in grave danger.

With courage, grace and powerful insight, Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of WWII and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women’s war. The Nightingale is a beautiful, heartbreaking novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women.

Kristin Hannah is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-one novels. For her, writing is both a passion and a job.  She works from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. five days a week, and often edits a book ten or fifteen times before considering it ready for publication. 

 Kristin got her first publishing break by winning a writing contact judged by editors and agents.  Her advice to writers trying to break into publishing today is simply, “Never think you are good enough. Keep working at improving your craft.”

A former lawyer turned writer, she is the mother of one son and lives with her husband in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii. Check out her website at