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The Women in the Castle: A Novel by [Shattuck, Jessica]
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Amazon.com Review

An Amazon Best Book of April 2017: Much of the buzz touting Jessica Shattuck’s WWII novel, The Women in the Castle, likens it to Kristin Hannah’s wildly popular, The Nightingale. It’s an apt comparison—both feature brave women overcoming nearly unfathomable obstacles. But their association actually made me hesitant to pick it up. Surely the well of enthusiasm for Nazi-related dramas has to be running dry, and if it hasn’t, then an author really needs to “bring it.” Well, that well is still brimming as it turns out, and Ms. Shattuck certainly does. The women referred to in the title are widows of three conspirators involved in the assassination attempt on Hitler. Marianne von Lingenfels, whose moneyed pedigree has protected her from the more unsavory punishments of the war, has been tasked with locating the other resistance widows, and ensuring their safety. But she is no superhero. Along with the naïve Benita and inscrutable Ania, they represent the everyday, ordinary Germans swept up in the extraordinary, who survived as best they could when the right thing to do wasn’t always clear (or even an option). If you’re curious about what it was like to be a typical citizen during this time--if you struggle to comprehend how a society could become a breeding ground for Hitler’s brand of evil, The Women in the Castle offers some insight. It also draws some chilling parallels to things brewing in the political climate today. Jessica Shattuck has provided a worthy addition to the canon of great WWII literature, one that answers why the appetite for this genre has not abated: In many ways, we still haven’t learned the lessons that history has to teach us. --Erin Kodicek, The Amazon Book Review

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“If you love historical fiction, this is your must-read book: It’s captivating, fascinating, and incredibly faithful to the events as they happened, and Jessica Shattuck reveals an entirely new side of what it’s like to be a woman in wartime.” (Newsweek)

“Moving . . . Shattuck’s achievement—beyond unfolding a plot that surprises and devastates—is in her subtle exploration of what a moral righteousness looks like in the aftermath of the war, when communities and lives must be rebuilt, together.” (New York Times Book Review)

“A masterful epic.” (People Magazine)

“A poignant, World War II page-turner.” (Marie Claire)

“Offers a mesmerizing new look at the aftermath of the war . . . with insight and empathy, The Women in the Castle stands tall among the literature that reveals new truths about one of history’s most tragic eras.” (USA Today)

“If you’re a historical fiction fan, this will be your new favorite novel of 2017. It’s so emotionally powerful there’s a chance the literary-induced chills will stay with you well into summer.” (Redbook Magazine, 20 Books By Women You Must Read This Spring)

“Fans of The Nightingale and other classic World War II stories will fall in love with this compelling new perspective on women at war.” (Helen Simonson, New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Before the War and Major Pettigrew's Last Stand)

“Riveting and emotional, The Women in the Castle is a WWII story like you’ve never seen before.” (Bustle)

“For your friend who loves a good war drama. About a woman who plays castle with other war widows across Germany post WWII.” (The Skimm)

“A virtuoso of time and place, Jessica Shattuck has created a heart-smashingly good story that will change the way you look at current events, and leave you asking, ‘What would I do if I were in these characters’ shoes?’ Powerful and prescient, an important book everyone should read.” (Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet and Songs of Willow Frost)

“A must-read!” (New York Post)

“A vivid and gripping tale of endurance in the wake of World War II. . . . The writing is magnificent, as is Shattuck’s ability to render unimaginable circumstances with tremendous clarity and compassion. A joy to read, this is a beautiful and important book.” (Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, New York Times bestselling author of The Nest)

“I couldn’t put Jessica Shattuck’s gorgeous novel down, an intricate and intimate portrait of the lives of three women whose fates draw them together in WWII Germany. A wonderful, wonderful read.” (Janice Y.K. Lee, New York Times bestselling author of The Piano Teacher and The Expatriates)

“Vivid and beautifully written . . . With extraordinary skill, knowledge, and insight, Jessica Shattuck transports us to Germany in the aftermath of World War II and into the lives of three powerfully drawn and memorable women. Compelling and very satisfying.” (Jill McCorkle, New York Times bestselling author of Life After Life)

“The reader is fully immersed in the experiences of these women, the choices they make, and the burdens they carry. . . . a rich, potent, fluently written tale of endurance and survival.” (Booklist (starred review))

“Well-researched . . . Shattuck manages to be both morally tough-minded and remarkably empathetic.” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Product details

  • File Size: 1918 KB
  • Print Length: 373 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062563661
  • Publisher: William Morrow (March 28, 2017)
  • Publication Date: March 28, 2017
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01I9BQA5U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,606 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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