City Of Women (Paperback)
|Author: David R. Gillham|
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|Behind the facade of a model soldier''s wife is an entirely different Sigrid. Her tedious existence is turned upside down when she finds herself hiding a mother and her family--whom she believes might be her lover''s family--and must make terrifying choices that could cost her everything.|
From the Publisher:
ONE OF KIRKUS REVIEWS' BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR|Hiding her clandestine activities behind the persona of a model Nazi soldier's wife at the height of World War II, Sigrid Schroeder dreams of her former Jewish lover and risks everything to hide a mother and two young children who she believes might be her lover's family. A first novel.
It is 1943?the height of the Second World War. With the men away at the front, Berlin has become a city of women.|
On the surface, Sigrid Schröder is the model German soldier?s wife: She goes to work every day, does as much with her rations as she can, and dutifully cares for her meddling mother-in-law, all the while ignoring the horrific immoralities of the regime.|
But behind this façade is an entirely different Sigrid, a woman of passion who dreams of her former Jewish lover, now lost in the chaos of the war. But Sigrid is not the only one with secrets?she soon finds herself caught between what is right and what is wrong, and what falls somewhere in the shadows between the two . . .|
READERS GUIDE INSIDE
"Gillham's transcendent prose . . . , powerfully drawn characters, and the multilayered dilemmas make his first literary effort a powerful revelation." (starred review) 06/25/2012 "Gillham's novel--vividly cinematic yet subtle and full of moral ambiguity, not to mention riveting characters--is as impossible to put down as it is to forget." (starred review) 08/01/2012 "Gillham has two great strengths that elevate his story. The first is his hard-won command of Berlin in 1943, its geography, its restaurants and hotels, even its language. (There are German words on nearly every page, but they seem authentic, never showy.) Second, and more significantly, his characters suffer from the full moral complexity of their time." - Charles Finch 08/05/2012 "Gillham's trove of wartime minutiae is diverting." - Jan Stuart 09/09/2012