How I Found Delicious Inspiration for the French Parts of Lilac Girls Right Here in Atlanta.


I enjoyed the research I did in France for Lilac Girls. But Anis restaurant right here in Atlanta, owned by the wonderful Arnaud Michel (above) served as a huge inspiration as well. I spent so many lunches and dinners there, soaking up the ambiance (and the delicious sauces) that the flavor of Anis found its way into the novel.

Unknown-3If you find yourself in Atlanta and want to be instantly transported to Provence or feel a sudden craving for Trout Meuniere or fabulous mussels in garlic broth head for Anis Bistro. It’s a most delicious form of research.


6 thoughts on “How I Found Delicious Inspiration for the French Parts of Lilac Girls Right Here in Atlanta.”

  1. First let me thank you for a wonderful book, Lilac Girls. I just finished it and intend to further study the Rabbits. My uncle was head of security at the Nuremberg Trials, so the period is of extreme interest to my family and I will be passing the book on to my sisters. I didn’t read your notes until I finished the book, so didn’t realize these were real people and it made the book even more tantalizing. Again, many, many thanks for telling this story.

  2. a riveting book As a daughter of a Holocaust survivor I was both in awe of your ability to write this book and aroused by deep emotions that it re stirred up in me

    1. Dear Louise,
      Thank you for reaching out–it’s so nice to read your kind words and I’m happy Lilac Girls resonated with you!

  3. Thank you, thank you so much for Lilac Girls. You took me on an unforgettable journey as I have been a student of the Holocaust for many years. I have bookshelves filled with the Jewish side of the Holocaust and never really got to know about the Polish side. Your book is riveting and a real page turner and I hated to see it end, I already miss it. I was so happy to see that Carolyn followed up and saw to it that Herta got her just dessert. Please, please write another book soon. I love the way you write.

    Barbara D.

    1. Dear Barbara,

      Thank you for your lovely note. I’m just thrilled that you enjoyed Lilac Girls so much…it sounds like you really connected with the story–I know how that is! Yes, Caroline made sure Herta paid for her crime!

      I’m working on book #2 now…a prequel to Lilac Girls.



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