This is one of my favourite books--haunting, gripping, vivid, it tells unflinchingly what it's actually like to be caught up in an invasion and occupation. My parents were children during the Occupation of France by the Nazis, and much of what they've told me is reflected in this brilliant, clear-eyed novel. What is extraordinary though is how the author, hunted and pursued as a Jew in France, was able to keep her eyes and her head so clear in the midst of what must have been huge personal turmoil, and terror. Her bravery is incredibly affecting. But the novel is not just worth reading as a personal testament; it is a gripping novel, with vivid characters that would have helped to populate a vast canvas, eventually, if the author had been able to write the 'War and Peace' style saga she planned.
The letters and notes that are reproduced at the end of the novel are haunting, too. It is simply a book that should be read by as many people as possible.