The Women in the Castle: A Novel

By | July 16, 2019
The Women in the Castle: A Novel Author Jessica Shattuck
ISBN-10 0062563661
ISBN-13 9780062563668
Year 2017-03-28
Pages 368
Language English
Publisher William Morrow
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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Moving surprises and devastates New York Times Book Review A masterful epic People magazine Mesmerizing The Women in the Castlestands tall among the literature that reveals new truths about one of historys most tragic eras USA TodayThree women haunted by the past and the secrets they holdSet at the end of World War II in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society a powerful and propulsive story of three widows whose lives and fates become intertwinedan affecting shocking and ultimately redemptive novel from the author of the New York Times Notable Book The Hazards of Good Breeding Amid the ashes of Nazi Germanys defeat Marianne von Lingenfels returns to the once grand castle of her husbands ancestors an imposing stone fortress now fallen into ruin following years of war The widow of a resister murdered in the failed July 20 1944 plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler Marianne plans to uphold the promise she made to her husbands brave conspirators to find and protect their wives her fellow resistance widows First Marianne rescues six year old Martin the son of her dearest childhood friend from a Nazi reeducation home Together they make their way across the smoldering wreckage of their homeland to Berlin where Martins mother the beautiful and naive Benita has fallen into the hands of occupying Red Army soldiers Then she locates Ania another resisters wife and her two boys now refugees languishing in one of the many camps that house the millions displaced by the war As Marianne assembles this makeshift family from the ruins of her husbands resistance movement she is certain their shared pain and circumstances will hold them together But she quickly discovers that the black and white highly principled world of her privileged past has become infinitely more complicated filled with secrets and dark passions that threaten to tear them apart Eventually all three women must come to terms with the choices that have defined their lives before during and after the wareach with their own unique share of challenges Written with the devastating emotional power of The Nightingale Sarahs Key and The Light Between Oceans Jessica Shattucks evocative and utterly enthralling novel offers a fresh perspective on one of the most tumultuous periods in history Combining piercing social insight and vivid historical atmosphere The Women in the Castle is a dramatic yet nuanced portrait of war and its repercussions that explores what it means to survive love and ultimately to forgive in the wake of unimaginable hardship

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