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"The German Heiress achieves what the best historical fiction can, asking us to see the past and then pushing us to see ourselves in that past, demanding: Who would you have been then? What would you have done? Unflinching and absorbing, The German Heiress does not let you look away."-- "Sarah Blake, New York Times bestselling author"
"It's a special novel that opens one's mind to aspects of history we on the 'winning' side have given little thought to and a moving story of courage and everyday heroism rising to meet unbearable challenges."-- "Alex Marwood, author of The Wicked Girls"
"Meticulously researched and plotted like a noir thriller, The German Heiress tells a different story of WWII--of characters grappling with their own guilt and driven by the question of what they could have done to change the past."-- "Jessica Shattuck, New York Times bestselling author"
"Scott's epic novel offers a captivating tour through the reckoning years that followed WWII when clarifying identities, unearthing truths, and facing judgments was the only way to rebuild a life. The novel's heroine, Clara, marches along the razor's edge between the leviathan of the past and a future full of mine shafts. I will never forget her unending struggle to rise above the dark lineage thrust upon her and her battle to stay connected to the deep binds of love, responsibility, and compassion."-- "Devin Murphy, author of The Boat Runner" --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
About the Author
Anika Scott was a journalist at the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Chicago Tribune before moving to Germany, where she currently lives in Essen with her husband and two daughters. She has worked in radio, taught journalism seminars at an eastern German university, and written articles for European and American publications. Originally from Michigan, she grew up in a car industry family. This is her first novel.
Lisa Flanagan is a classically trained soprano, comedian, voiceover artist, and Earphones Award-winning narrator.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- Publication date : April 7, 2020
- File size : 2834 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : William Morrow Paperbacks (April 7, 2020)
- Print length : 383 pages
- ASIN : B07TX95RMM
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #53,696 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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But a promising beginning is about all there is here. The rest of the novel is a sometimes muddled, sometimes melodramatic, and ultimately not very compelling tale of Clara’s attempts to evade capture, find an old friend, and come to terms with her parents, all while trying not to fall in love with a black marketeer as she simultaneously strains to justify and/or call herself to account for her wartime actions.
Ultimately, it’s tough to care about Clara because we’re never really sure whether she’s a hero or a villain. We're not given a lot of specifics as to what she did during the war. We don't see her having to deal with any of the Nazi hierarchy, like Goebbels, Goering, or Himmler. We're barely told what her company produced. And we certainly don't see her having to make tough choices. Just about all her conflicts are in the past, as are just about all the people she cares about. In fact, two of those people barely make an appearance. And none of the people in her present are particularly likeable.
And I really didn’t learn anything about Nazi or post-war Germany, or the Allied effort to bring war criminals to justice, that I didn’t know before. They are treated more as backdrop than they are explored.
All in all, a disappointment.
a story of family and love. Very good book. I have read so many of these and this one I will certainly recommend .