Amazon Best Books of the Month, August 2012
: While the world hardly lacks for novels about WWII, David R. Gillham’s City of Women
is extraordinary for what it does not
do. It does not detail the events or imagined conversations of Hitler’s Reich, and it has not a single scene of life in the death camps. Instead, it chronicles-–in detail so specific that it’s mesmerizing, but not so obviously researched as to be annoying-–life for “ordinary” Berliners at a time that was anything but. Through Heroine Sigrid Schroder, a German wife drawn into an affair with a Jew, Gillham shows us a world in which not all Germans are bad, not all Jews are victims, and loyalty is a fiction, the grimmest of fairy tales. -–Sara Nelson
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Gillham's Berlin is a terrified city, where nobody dare speak the truth and the smallest decision can cost you your life. A terrifically tense first novel The Times Gillham evokes beautiful and dark cinematic imagery, which lifts the story off the page Big Issue David Gillham's excellent new novel, City of Women, is built on one of the most extraordinary and faithful recreations of a time in history - Berlin in World War II - that I've ever read. -- Alan Furst In this moving and masterful debut, David Gillham brings war-torn Berlin to life and reveals the extraordinary mettle of women tested to their limits and beyond. Powerful and piercingly real. You won't soon forget these characters. -- Paula McLain, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife [A] stunning debut ... Gillham puts a fresh spin on the horrors of WWII Publishers Weekly Scene after scene burns into the reader's memory ... I can already imagine the film Book Oxygen A page-turner ... City of Women challenges preconceptions We Love This Book
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