What are the best fiction books set in the 1940s?

asked by Anonymous
255 contributors
13 solutions
  1. 27

    #1All the Light We Cannot See

    All the Light We Cannot See
    All The Light We Cannot See is a vividly-written story about Marie Laure, a blind French girl, and Werner, a German boy in the Nazi army. Winner of a 2015 Pulitzer Prize, it shows that there can still be beauty amidst the tragedy of war.
    Books

    Check price

    Joshua Robertson
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "This is one of the best fiction books of the I have read in a long long time definitely recommend to a friend or Avid Reader because this book is one of the best I have read in a long time, a great story of war and peace."
  2. 25

    #2The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)

    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)

    The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is the first book in the series Chronicles of Narnia. The story revolves around the journey of four siblings to Narnia where they fight with an evil witch.  

    Books

    Check price

    Austin Perez
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is my all-time favorite fiction written by C.S. Lewis. It was a great imaginative story about children who are transported to a different space and time after entering their wardrobe. It has a movie based on it that is also fantastic."
  3. 24

    #3The Book Thief

    The Book Thief
    The Book Thief is a young adult novel by Markus Zusak set in Germany during the height of the Nazi regime which centers on a young girl named Liesel who is close to her foster parents, friends, and a Jewish fist fighter.
    Books

    Check price

    Frances Adams
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This book really captures the 1940s during the height of WW2. It takes place in Germany when Jews were hunted and this story involves them hiding from the Nazis."
  1. 23

    #4Cry, the Beloved Country

    Cry, the Beloved Country

    Originally published in 1948, Cry, the Beloved Country is a classic book by South African writer Alan Paton. It tells the story of the harrowing racism that was rampant during the apartheid in South Africa.

    Books

    Check price

    Howard Payne
    Written on May 8, 2018
    ""Cry, the Beloved Country" was gifted to me by a friend. This is a very philosophical book! I was not prepared for the depths it would explore as it made me travel back in time to view mankind as a whole. I found the characters authentic which is important to me. I had a very little backstory on the history of South Africa. This focuses particularly on the 1940s. I found it enlightening to read."
  2. 21

    #5The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

    Bruno returns home after a school day in the Berlin of 1942, when he discovers that his family should move to another house close to a tall fence where he can see strange people in the distance. Bruno discovers there a desolate place where he'll make a friendship, with devastating consequences. 

    Books

    Check price

    Douglas Perry
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "A great fiction book set in 1940's is The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne. It has a serious subject matter and it's really greatly written. A sad moving novel, if your in the mood for that type of book this fits the bill. "
  3. 21

    #6The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a historical novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Set in 1946, it tells the story of Juliet Ashton, a writer, and her correspondence with members of the titular society.
    Books

    Check price

    Arthur Johnson
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "I always enjoy fiction that's set in a specific time period. This book being set in the 1940s was an absolute thrill and I felt like I was drawn back in that place in time myself."
  4. 19

    #7Suite Française

    Suite Française

    Paris, 1940. Is the beginning of the Nazi occupation. This is a remarkable story about men and woman under hard Nazi France and how they learn to live with the enemy. A classical book by Irène Nemirovsky.

    Books

    Check price

    Irma Camacho
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This book is a very well written and meaningful book that takes place in the 1940's. It takes a difficult time and shows the human spirit and how it deals with difficulty. I would recommend this to anyone who likes to read books that take place during WWII"
  5. 18

    #8At the Water's Edge

    At the Water's Edge
    At the Water's Edge is a book by Sara Gruen that tells the story of Maddie and how she found contentment and happiness in a remote town somewhere in the Scottish Highlands where material things do not matter.
    Books

    Check price

    Nathan Griffin
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I was looking for a book that took place in the early to mid 1900's and stumbled upon At the Water's Edge. This book tell's a a very riveting story about a young lady that find's peace and happiness going back to a simple lifestyle in the beautiful Scottish Highland's. I found it to be a great all around read!"
  6. 17

    #9Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

    Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

    Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is Jamie Ford's novel about Henry, a Chinese American boy who met Keiko, a Japanese American girl who later was sent to an internment camp along with her family.

    Books

    Check price

    Danielle Edwards
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "My brother came to me asking about books set in the 1940's but I did not know any. We decided to go to the store and after shopping around decided to buy Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. The store owner told us that this was a really moving story. After reading it my brother told me the clerk was right."
  7. 17

    #10Shanghai Girls

    Shanghai Girls

    Shanghai Girls is a historical cultural Asian Chinese fiction written by Lisa See as the first book of The Shanghai Girls series. With over 300 pages, this book is published in 2009 in Random House.

    Books

    Check price

    Shirley Dunn
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This was surprisingly enjoyable, to me. I love anything set in the 1940s, this is once of the better ones I've read. The characterization and plot were excellent. "
  8. 15

    #11Morning Glory

    Morning Glory

    Morning Glory is a seductive historical romance written by La Vryle Spencer that tells the story of a man and a woman who met each other in the midst of their own chaos but still found love in each other.

    Books

    Check price

    Harold Berry
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Great historical romantic tale set in the 40's and early 30's. Times were different back then and it is very interesting to see how romance develops in that time frame. "
  9. 15

    #12A Town Like Alice

    A Town Like Alice

    A Town Like Alice is a novel by Nevil Shute. Set during World War II, it follows the story of Jean Paget, who travels to the outbacks of Australia to look for the Australian soldier who saved her life. 

    Books

    Check price

    Wayne Holland
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "I loved this book. It was a really good read. I love books set in older times like the Forties like this one. Australia just comes alive as you read it."
  10. 0

    #13With Blood and Scars

    With Blood and Scars

    With Blood and Scars is a historical fiction book written by B.E. Andre. With Blood and Scars was published on November 29, 2014 by PebbleStone. The book follows Ania as she tries to find the answers to her life questions.

    Books

    Check price

    Cynthia Herrera
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "With Blood and Scars by B.E. Andre is a great historical fiction offering. I could not put this book down as I could relate to the stories of the refugees. I think that anyone can relate to this poignant, entertaining and sometimes funny tales."

Summary

Best What are the best fiction books set in the 1940s
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1All the Light We Cannot SeeBooks 27 Paid
2The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)Books 25 Paid
3The Book ThiefBooks 24 Paid
4Cry, the Beloved CountryBooks 23 Paid
5The Boy in the Striped PajamasBooks 21 Paid
6The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie SocietyBooks 21 Paid
7Suite FrançaiseBooks 19 Paid
8At the Water's EdgeBooks 18 Paid
9Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and SweetBooks 17 Paid
10Shanghai GirlsBooks 17 Paid
Close

This action requires you to be logged in

Quickly sign in with your social media account:

What interests you most? (Select at least 3)

This will help us to keep things fresh and relevant!

Close

Now that you’ve found a solution...

Why not join our community of sharp minds and pro-active posters?

Be part of a rewarding interactive knowledge exchange!
Close

Join These Inquisitive Minds

Engage, learn and share with a friendly community versed in a massive range of trending topics.