Stephen P. Kiernan, author of The Baker’s Secret, on tour May 2017

Posted By on May 1, 2017

About The Baker’s Secret

• Hardcover: 320 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow (May 2, 2017)

From the multiple-award-winning, critically acclaimed author of The Hummingbird and The Curiosity comes a dazzling novel of World War II—a shimmering tale of courage, determination, optimism, and the resilience of the human spirit, set in a small Normandy village on the eve of D-Day.

On June 5, 1944, as dawn rises over a small town on the Normandy coast of France, Emmanuelle is making the bread that has sustained her fellow villagers in the dark days since the Germans invaded her country.

Only twenty-two, Emma learned to bake at the side of a master, Ezra Kuchen, the village baker since before she was born. Apprenticed to Ezra at thirteen, Emma watched with shame and anger as her kind mentor was forced to wear the six-pointed yellow star on his clothing. She was likewise powerless to help when they pulled Ezra from his shop at gunpoint, the first of many villagers stolen away and never seen again.

In the years that her sleepy coastal village has suffered under the enemy, Emma has silently, stealthily fought back. Each day, she receives an extra ration of flour to bake a dozen baguettes for the occupying troops. And each day, she mixes that precious flour with ground straw to create enough dough for two extra loaves—contraband bread she shares with the hungry villagers. Under the cold, watchful eyes of armed soldiers, she builds a clandestine network of barter and trade that she and the villagers use to thwart their occupiers.

But her gift to the village is more than these few crusty loaves. Emma gives the people a taste of hope—the faith that one day the Allies will arrive to save them.

Purchase Links

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Photo by Nancy Winship Milliken

About Stephen P. Kiernan

Stephen P. Kiernan is a graduate of Middlebury College, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. During his more than twenty years as a journalist, he has won numerous awards, including the Brechner Center’s Freedom of Information Award, the Scripps Howard Award for Distinguished Service to the First Amendment, and the George Polk Award. He is the author of The Curiosity, his first novel, and two nonfiction books. He lives in Vermont with his two sons.

Find out more about Stephen at his website and connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.

Tour Stops

Tuesday, May 2nd: Book by Book

Tuesday, May 2nd: Reading Reality

Wednesday, May 3rd: Literary Lindsey

Thursday, May 4th: 100 Pages a Day…Stephanie’s Book Reviews

Friday, May 5th: View from the Birdhouse

Monday, May 8th: Helen’s Book Blog

Tuesday, May 9th: A Bookish Affair

Wednesday, May 10th: Reading is My Super Power

Thursday, May 11th: Just Commonly

Monday, May 15th: No More Grumpy Bookseller

Tuesday, May 16th: Tina Says…

Wednesday, May 17th: Reading to Distraction


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