“Meissner’s prose is exquisite, and she is a stunning storyteller.”

—Publishers Weekly, starred review

In paperback April 7!

An American girl’s life is changed forever when her German immigrant parents are sent to a Texas WW2 internment camp…

The Last Year of the War tells a little-known story of World War II with great resonance for our own times and challenges the very notion of who we are when who we’ve always been is called into question.

Buy now: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, BAM, Hudson, IndieBound, Powell’s, Target, Walmart

“Meissner has created a quietly devastating story that shows how fear and hatred during World War II changed (and even ended) the lives of many innocent Americans.”—Kirkus Reviews

“A heartbreaking, thought-provoking work of historical women’s fiction.”—Booklist

“Powerful and at times chillingly contemporary, and it reminds us why we read historical fiction in the first place.”—Michelle Gable, New York Times bestselling author of A Paris Apartment

“A beautifully poignant tale, The Last Year of the War explores the complexities of love, friendship, and the fleeting truths of identity. With vividly drawn characters and ever-elegant prose, Meissner highlights a dark, often-overlooked piece of American history. This timely novel will stay with the reader long after its thoughtful, heartwarming conclusion.”—Kristina McMorris, New York Times bestselling author of Sold on a Monday

“Highlighting a little-known story of World War II with heart-wrenching detail, this beautifully written novel will make you think about what it means to be American, as well as what—and who—determines our identity.”—BookBub

“Vivid historical detail and elegant prose bolster this rewarding story of profound friendship, family, fear, and the pain that arose for American-born children of immigrant parents.”—Publishers Weekly

“There’s no shortage of books about World War II and internment camps coming out right now, given events in the news over the last year. Meissner’s latest novel presents a more interesting, untold account than others.”—Real Simple

“Gorgeously structured…this beautifully written fictional memoir, as cinematic as a real photo album, takes us to a time we could not know. It shows us the depth of friendship, the moments of courage, impossible love, crucial decisions, and the heartbreaking devastation that happens to the innocent collateral damage of a world war.”—BookTrib







The Paperback Book Tour…

CANCELED | April 7, Bremerton, WA

April 7  Stay at Home Book Tour with Modern Mrs. Darcy  –  Join me virtually on LAUNCH DAY at 7 PM Eastern/4 PM Pacific on Zoom with Modern Mrs. Darcy for an interview and a time of Questions & Answers. I will be showing several of the historical photographs that I would have shared on tour. Sign up here to get the email notification to join in. The Zoom room fills up fast!

April 9 Bainbridge Island, WA POSTPONED until Sept 24 |  I will be speaking at Eagle Harbor Books at 7 pm | 157 Winslow Way E, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. Free event.

April 25, Corona, CA POSTPONED until July –  Join me and fellow novelists Karen White, Kelly Harmel, Elizabeth Cobbs and Linnea Hartsuyker for the annual Historical Fiction Authors Brunch at the Corona Public Library, starting at 10 AM | 650 Main St., Corona, CA  92882  Hosted by the Corona Friends of the Library | Ticketed event, details here.

May 2, Tucson, AZ  POSTPONED until Nov 7 –  I will be at the Mostly Books Bookstore for a presentation, Q and A, and signing from 2 to 3:30 PM | 6208 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85712. Free event.

TENTATIVE MAY TOUR: (check back as we get closer to May!)

May 4, Brielle, NJ I will be at the Brielle Public Library to present and answer questions and sign books! 6:30 PM | 610 South St, Brielle, NJ 08730. Hosted by Booktowne, Free event. 

May 5, Closter, NJ I will be at the Closter Public Library as part of their Meet The Author Series. 7 to 9 PM | 280 High Street, Closter, NJ. Free event.

May 6, Simsbury, CT – Join me at the Simsbury Public Library at 6:30 PM for a presentation, Q and A and signing. A bookseller will be present. Hosted by the Simsbury Friends of the Library in partnership with the Avon Friends of the Library | 725 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, CT 06070. Free event.

May 7, Plainville, MA –  Lunch and keynote event at An Unlikely Story near Boston.  12 noon | 111 South Street, Plainville, MA 02762. Ticketed event. Contact store for details!

May 9, Sykesville, MD –  Luncheon and keynote at A Likely Story Bookstore near Baltimore. 12 noon | 7566 Main St, Sykesville, MD  21784. Ticketed event, info@sykesvillebooks.com.

May 11, Pittsburgh, PA –  Join me at the Mt. Lebanon Library for a presentation, Q and A, and booksigning. 7 PM | 16 Castle Shannon Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15228.  Free event, but please register here.

May 12, Dayton, OH –  I will be at Books and Company at The Greene at 7 PM for a presentation, Q and A and booksigning | 4453 Walnut St, Dayton, OH 45440. Free event.

May 13, Carmel, IN –  Join me at Carmel Clay Public Library for a presentation, Q and A, and signing. Books for purchase will be available. 6:30 PM | 55 4th Avenue SE, Carmel, IN 46032. Free event.

May 14, Middleburg Heights, OH –  I will be at the Cuyahoga County Public Library near Cleveland for a presentation, Q and A, and signing at 7 PM. Books on Coventry will be there to sell books. 16699 Bagley Rd, Middleburg Heights, OH 44130 | Free event.

May 15, Bethany Beach, DE –  Join me for an evening event at the Heidaway Restaurant in Bethany Beach, hosted by Bethany Beach Books97B Garfield Pkwy, Bethany Beach, DE 19930 | Ticketed event. Contact the store for all the details.

May 16, Lewes, DE –  I will be at the Lewes Public Library at 5 PM as part of their History Book Festival, and hosted by Browesabout Books. 111 Adams Ave., Lewes, DE  19958. Free, but registration is requested – Contact the library at (302) 645-2733.

May 17, McDonough, GA–  Join me at Story on the Square near Atlanta for “Read Between the Wines” (love it) from 4 to 6 PM. | 19 Griffin St, McDonough, GA 30253. Contact the store for more details: (678) 759-0079.

May 18, Peachtree City, GA–  I will be at the Peachtree City Library  at 12 noon | 201 Willowbend Road  Peachtree City, GA. 30269.  This same evening, I will be at the Peachtree Corners branch of the Gwinnet Public Library for “Books, Bites, and Beverages” at 6:30 PM | 5570 Spalding Drive, Peachtree Corners, GA. Eagle Eye Books will be on hand to sell books. Both events are open to the public.

May 19, Lake Lure, NC –  I will be joining with the Friends of Mountains Branch Library at Lake Lure and Malaprop’s Bookstore for a luncheon and presentation at the lovely Lake Lure Inn starting at 11:30 AM | 2771 Memorial Hwy, Lake Lure, NC  28746. More details to come!

May 20, Highlands, NC –  Join me for “Books and Bites” at the Highlands Hudson Library at 12:30 PM for a presentation, Q and A and signing. Books Unlimited will be on hand to sell books.| 554 Main St., Highlands, NC  28741. Open to the public.

May 21, Sky Valley, GA –  I will be at speaking at the Sky Valley Country Club Literary Luncheon, beginning at 11 AM. Books Unlimited will be selling books. 568 Sky Valley Way, GA 30537. Ticketed event but open to the public. Check back for more details.

May 22, Cashiers, NC –  Join me at the Alton Carlt0n-Cashiers Public Library for a 3 PM presentation | 249 Frank Allen Rd., Cashiers, NC  28717. Books Unlimited will be selling books. Free event.

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