Wow. The intensity of this novel is made only stronger when you learn the circumstances it was written under. This novel details the lives of French men and women of various social standings in 1940 and 1941 - during the German occupation of France. This novel was actually written in 1942 by Nemirovsky, a Polish woman living in France, who was also a Jew. Knowing what we know of history, we need not predict her outcome. She was arrested and sent to Auschwitz, where she later died. 'Suite Francaise' was unearthed many years later, and her notes at the end of the novel suggest that she had much more to write than what was actually accomplished. Reading this story isn't for the faint of heart.