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The War at Home

Updated: June 1, 2019

Fiction about World War II on the U.S. homefront.

Berg, Elizabeth.
With their sweethearts fighting on the front lines, the three Heaney sisters learn about love and sacrifice in a novel that richly evokes 1940s Chicago.

Wood, Jane Roberts, 1929-
Through the stories of four families, Wood's novel explores the impact of World War II on a small Texas town.

Cozzens, James Gould, 1903-1978.
Call Number: Ed.a
This story about racial tension on a Florida Army air base won the Pulitzer Prize in 1949.

O'Hehir, Diana, 1929-
Set against the backdrop of World War II's final days, O'Hehir's Pulitzer-nominated novel centers around a teenage girl who travels cross-country to save her alcoholic mother.

Houston, Jeanne Wakatsuki.
The author of the memoir Farewell to Manzanar's first novel is a semi-autobiographical account of three generations of women living in a Japanese internment camp.

Brown, Rita Mae.
Two bickering small town sisters open a beauty parlor and do their patriotic duty by volunteering for the Civil Air Patrol.

Hall, Oakley M.
This bildungsroman follows Payton Daltry, a college student, and his internal conflict over how to best serve his country after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Creel, Ann Howard.
A young pregnant woman is pushed into an arranged marriage and sent to live on a farm in rural Colorado. Here, she befriends two Japanese girls living in an internment camp near her farm.

Yarbrough, Steve, 1956-
Dan Timms is counting down the days until he's old enough to enlist so he can escape from his father's suicide, his mother's infidelity, and the depressed Mississippi farming community he calls home.

Goldreich, Gloria.
A chronicle of the last year of World War II through the eyes of a 15-year-old Jewish girl living with her extended family in New York City.

Sams, Ferrol, 1922-
The second in Sams's trilogy of semi-autobiographical novels follows prankster Porter Osborne to college, to medical school, and finally to war.

Bunkley, Anita R.
Janelle Roy is an Army nurse who falls in love with a pilot at the Tuskegee air base in this story of racial segregation in the U.S. military.

Austin, Lynn N.
Austin, a well-known author of Christian fiction, explores gender roles and marriage in this story of four women who become unlikely friends when they take "Rosie the Riveter" jobs in a Michigan shipyard.

Finney, Ernest J.
Finney's fictional account of a "liberty town" outside of San Francisco is told through the eyes of soldiers in training at the naval base, civilian residents, and Japanese-Americans held in internment camps there.