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An Address in Amsterdam: A Novel Paperback – October 4, 2016
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“In her well-researched novel, Fillmore vividly portrays Amsterdam, Rachel, and her family… An intense tale that gives the tragedies of history a Dutch dwelling and a family name.”
“An Address in Amsterdam is the biggest literary event for the historical fiction genre this year…”
"Hey historical fiction aficionados…add this profound book to your Amazon cart immediately.”
―PopSugar, “Fiction Reads to Add to Your Fall Reading List”
“Because I lived in Amsterdam through the German Occupation myself, the author had asked me over the years to check the historical facts and the verisimilitude of her well-paced plot. When the latest version arrived at my desk, I found myself pushing everything else aside to read it cover to cover and follow the development of the rich palette of characters―despite the fact that I had read sections of the book multiple times over seven years.
“Fillmore’s tale of powerlessness and defiance, of death and love during the years of Occupation is woven into the rich tapestry of sights and sounds of the inner city of Amsterdam. Her language is that of a poet: sensuous and rich in metaphors and similes that reach deep. That is why I could not put the book down!”
―Laureen Nussbaum, Professor emerita, Portland State University, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
“The taut drama of the novel stands in counterpoint to Mary Fillmore's gentle intimacy with her characters. She knows these people as though she has lived among them―walking down every street to every address, feeling every heartbeat and breath, sharing a vision that rejects easy optimism while holding on, always, to hope.”
―Diane Lefer, award-winning author of The Fiery Alphabet; co-author of The Blessing Next to the Wound: A story of art, activism, and transformation
“An Address in Amsterdam is a compelling story of the Jewish experience during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. Filled with richly detailed descriptions, obviously based on extensive research, the book follows the activities of Rachel Klein as she navigates the personal challenges of her emerging adulthood and the complex social dangers of working in the Dutch resistance movement.”
―Amy Belding Brown, author of Mr. Emerson’s Wife, Flight of the Sparrow
“An Address in Amsterdam immerses the reader in both the light and beauty of the city and the dark, ugly atmosphere of the Nazi occupation. The protagonist, teenaged Rachel Klein, must find her way between the extremes, which makes her breathtaking story impossible to put down.”
―Katherine Bradley Johnson, NextReads Bibliographer, NoveList, a division of EBSCO
“In spite of the fact that An Address in Amsterdam is a novel, and frankly that word and the Holocaust in one breath bothers me, Ms. Fillmore has done a great job. Her research is impeccable. Moreover, It's an excellent read!”
―Johanna Reiss, author of The Upstairs Room, The Journey Back and A Hidden Life
“This powerful novel seldom left my hands. Based on years of research, Fillmore’s story gets at a universal truth about the dangers of prejudice.”
―A.J. Mayhew, author of The Dry Grass of August
“Mary Fillmore was ahead of her time when she realized that this story is hers and everyone’s story. She has given thirteen years to writing An Address in Amsterdam, and she has also given her life. This act of witnessing and great courage offers us sanctuary as we search for all the possible ways to survive the rising blood tide of brutality, violence, and death. These times demand ethical scrutiny; and the question that Fillmore asked herself, that her characters asked, that the Dutch asked, is the question we must each ask ourselves: collude, collaborate or resist? Fillmore challenges us and sustains us simultaneously.”
―Deena Metzger, author of Entering the Ghost River: Meditations on the Theory and Practice of Healing Writing For Your Life: A Guide and a Companion into the Inner World
“This compelling and emotionally touching tale brings the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands to light, told through the eyes of a courageous young woman determined to put aside her fears and risk all for the noble cause of resistance.”
―Laurel Corona, author of The Mapmaker’s Daughter and Until Our Last Breath: A Holocaust Story of Love and Partisan Resistance
“The Amsterdam of World War II comes alive in this deeply-imagined, well-researched story. Thoughtful and courageous Rachel compels us to travel along streets and canals with her as she confronts the challenges and terrors of the German occupation. I finished the book feeling as if I had also lived through those harrowing years.”
―Jane Pincus, co-author of Our Bodies, Ourselves
“Written with verve and integrity, An Address in Amsterdam is the best kind of historical fiction: a wonderful read with a marvelous heroine who challenges us to take action in our own time. Don’t miss this gripping, intricately detailed account of Jewish resistance to the Nazi occupation of wartime Amsterdam.”
―Joyce Antler, author of You Never Call! You Never Write!: A History of the Jewish Mother, Samuel Lane Professor of American Jewish History and Culture, Brandeis University
About the Author
Mary Dingee Fillmore fell in love with Amsterdam in 2001 and has been returning there and pondering its complex history ever since. A longtime professional facilitator for nonprofits and government, she gives talks for the Vermont Humanities Council, titled “Anne Frank’s Neighbors: What Did They Do?” and writes at www.seehiddenamsterdam.com.
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We are so familiar with the Anne Frank story that it no longer shocks us. In this well-researched novel, Fillmore brings this era to life in a fresh way, raising profound questions about courage and loyalty under the most extreme conditions. These issues seem more relevant than ever in the current political situation.
One by one, all protections were stripped away: Jews were made to sew yellow stars on their jackets; forfeit all property; cease and desist from even riding their bikes or taking public transportation. Any books hostile to the Nazi occupation were banned from libraries. Neighbors were there one day, gone the next.
In this swiftly-changing landscape, where everyone, including friends, are suspect, the teenage protagonist, Rachel Klein, confronts her deepest fears, serving as a courier for the resistance for eighteen month. An excellent read, I couldn’t put it down. Highly recommended.