Although I bought this book a little while ago, I have only just gotten around to reading it.
If I had known how much I would enjoy it, it would have been devoured as soon as I got it!
Set in France during the invasion and occupation by the Germans in WWII, the novel follows the fortunes and misfortunes of various characters as they flee Paris, and then later, it follows the lives of those living in the occupied sector.
Irene Némirovsky is a master writer, up there with Dickens, Tolstoy, Checkov and all the other greats. Her imagery is a feast of visual poetry, and her understanding and descriptions of the characters are insightful and amazing.
The world lost a literary asset when she was killed in the gas chambers during WWII.
Her writing is so brilliant, I am going to try and hunt down more of her work.