The Alice Network

The Alice Network

by Kate Quinn
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The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

Featuring an exclusive excerpt from Kate Quinn's next incredible historical novel, THE HUNTRESS




One of NPR's Best Books of the Year!

One of Bookbub's Biggest Historical Fiction Books of the Year!

Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick!

The 2017 Girly Book Club Book of the Year!

A Summer Book Pick from Good Housekeeping, Parade, Library Journal, Goodreads, Liz and Lisa, and BookBub


In an enthralling new historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, two women—a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947—are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.

1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. So when Charlie's parents banish her to Europe to have her "little problem" taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister.

1915. A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she's recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, she's trained by the mesmerizing Lili, the "Queen of Spies", who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy's nose.

Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn't heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the matter where it leads.

“Both funny and heartbreaking, this epic journey of two courageous women is an unforgettable tale of little-known wartime glory and sacrifice. Quinn knocks it out of the park with this spectacular book!”—Stephanie Dray, New York Times bestselling author of America's First Daughter

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062654199
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/06/2017
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 237
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Kate Quinn is a native of Southern California. She attended Boston University, where she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in classical voice. A lifelong history buff, she has written four novels in the Empress of Rome Saga and two books set in the Italian Renaissance detailing the early years of the infamous Borgia clan. All have been translated into multiple languages. She and her husband now live in Maryland with two black dogs named Caesar and Calpurnia.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had not heard of The Alice Network prior to reading this excellent story. Brave women who deserve great praise and respect. There have been a number of stories lately about occupied France and I am learning a lot. I have already recommended this book, before I finished and definately will continue. JDL 7/14/17
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. It is well written and keeps you wanting to stay up all night to find out what happens next. My daughters, her friend and my Mother are all reading it at the same time. We were hooked from the first few pages. Then to find out it is based on true events, taken from people who fought in WW1 and woven into this wonderful book. These characters who are so different but blend in perfect harmony was one of the best books I've read in a long time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was well written and so very interesting. The back and forth between the 2 womaen, and the 2 wars was handled smoothly and effectively. I had no idea about this brave group of women. Amazing research went into this beautifully woven tale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Incredible historical fiction. Could not put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an incredible book! Historical fiction at it's best! Reminded me of Kristen Hannah's "The Nightingale".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its been a while since a book has really held my attention,but this one certainly did! I enjoy well written historical fiction especially when they are about women. I look reading another by Kate Quinn.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting approach to a spy novel. I found the more I read the more I couldn’t put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enough said.
gaele More than 1 year ago
A dual-perspective story blends two tales: the first of Charlie who, in 1947 is pregnant, unmarried, and while in Europe to remedy that situation at her parents’ behest, decides to discover just what happened to a beloved cousin who disappeared in Nazi-Occupied France and the tale of Eve, joining the fight against the Germans as a trained operative in a female-heavy spy network, The Alice Network, until treachery brought its downfall. Fascinating reading as Quinn gives us Charlie’s story: the death of her brother brought the whole family low: and reignited her questions about her cousin Rose and just how (or why) she disappeared in German-occupied France during the second world war. Deciding to find answers to her questions despite her parents’ plans for her trek to Europe unlocks a series of twists, turns and strange parallels between the young student and the now middle-aged former spy Eve. A series of betrayals and surprises brought the unlikely Eve to the place she is now. Nearly a recluse, bitter and disillusioned, she also has questions about the end of the Alice network, and perhaps some of those answers and her own experience will help Charlie solve the mystery of Rose’s disappearance. With her only regular human contact being her ‘man of all things’ Finn, the three set out to find answers and uncover secrets long buried. Charlie’s story is told in first person, Eve’s in third: the strange correlations that keep popping up between the two in terms of life experience and losses. With one of Charlie’s only clues being a man named René and a restaurant become the impetus for Eve’s teaming up with Charlie to find answers. Oh the twists, turns and bits of information and history dropped throughout this book are wonderful: some heartbreaking, others using humor, all highlighted by the sense of purpose and determination displayed by Eve, her compatriots and others working to resist the threats. Spy stories are obsession worthy – they usually have everything: drama, intrigue, danger and enemies: hard to resist that combination. But Quinn did one more thing here: she brought us characters that are flawed yet wholly human, determined to finally get answers, some long overdue: while billed as a search for Charlie’s cousin, what emerges even more strongly is the rediscovered courage, pride and purpose for both Charlie and Eve as they unravel the knots to get to answers, settle questions and tell stories of courage, danger and betrayals of the past. Perfect for readers who want a perspective from history that is not well-known, Kate Quinn’s skills in making the transitions from factual inclusions told in a fictional character’s voice are unparalleled: each informing the other as the tension, emotion and information are revealed. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous 4 months ago
I left this book in my TBR pile for way too long!! Wonderfully well written book that shared a lot of insight of the lengths these women went through to do their part for the war.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Very compelling novel. Kept my interest up the entire book.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Truth is always stranger than fiction. While the book is a novel, it’s roots come from truth. This makes the story so much better and believable. I highly recommend this book to anyone.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Very enjoyable! First half is a little slow, but moves along in second half. A part of history that I knew little about.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kate Quinn delivers a powerhouse, an enthralling, can’t put down book. A story filled with breathtaking narratives that makes you feel as if you’re right there while the story unfolds. The Alice Network is a definite must-read, just superb!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent and captivating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent. Loved the writing, learned many aspects of the war and spy's that I didn't know before. Courageous women.
Anonymous 3 days ago
This book was an amazing story anout brave women. It kept me from start to finish. Then I read the author notes and P.S and loved it even more.
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Anonymous 8 days ago
Loved this book of richly developed female protagonists, who were strong, courageous, and witty.
Anonymous 20 days ago
I hadnt heard of the Alice Network before this book. I couldnt put it down. Buy the book you wont be disappointed
Anonymous 22 days ago
This is one of the best books I have read in a long time, and I read 2 or 3 books a week. It is so well written with characters and a plot that are totally captivating and believable.
mathmom0 7 months ago
This is an excellent book. One of the best I've read this year. WWI, mostly. Women spies, mostly. Well written.
SheilaDeeth 7 months ago
Set, like many other modern novels, in two time periods, The Alice Network brings to life the countryside and towns of France during both during the First World War and just after the Second. It’s quite a feat, and the author pulls it off well, reminding me of the beautiful country and language, and pulling me deep into the thought patterns of people not so long ago. The WWII protagonist tells her story in her own words. American, relatively rich, and now an only child, she has broken the moral rules of her society, but isn’t sure what moral rules she wants to follow for herself. Meanwhile she meets the WWI protagonist, who broke all the rules, then was herself broken. Before reading I wondered how this meetings of times and people would be engineered, but it feels natural in the story. Of course they meet. Of course they strike sparks off each other. And of course they end up on a road trip to find the people they’ve lost. Three people (and one car, almost a character in itself) end up taking this road trip, and each (including the car) will, perhaps, find themselves. Nothing works quite as planned, but even the moments that feel almost false prove surprisingly true. A coming of age novel as well as romance, an intriguing (and detailed—by turns delightful, horrifying and scary) spy story as well as a historical novel, and a gripping tale that invites the reader to examine the mores of past and present and question, just how do we treat or use people, the Alice Network is highly recommended Disclosure: A friend lent me the book, correctly guessing I would love it!
Anonymous 8 months ago
A searing, bittersweet portrait of two strong, courageous women during World War I and in the aftermath of World II. Kate Quinn plumbs the depths of the soul and what it means to make sacrifices. Quinn demonstrates that true bravery can be found within all of us and comes when confronted by unspeakable cruelty and evil. A triumph of the human spirit. This novel will linger in the reader's mind long after the last page is turned.