The Women in the Castle

The Women in the Castle

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Set 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 intertwined--an 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 Germany's defeat, Marianne von Lingenfels returns to the once-grand castle of her husband's 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 husband's 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 Martin's mother, the beautiful and naive Benita, has fallen into the hands of occupying Red Army soldiers. Then she locates Ania, another resister's 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 husband's 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 war--each with their own unique share of challenges.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062563668
0062563661
Call Number: SHATTUCK
Characteristics: 356 pages ; 24 cm
Subjects: Historical fiction.
Germany -- History -- 1945-1955 -- Fiction.
Widows -- Fiction.
Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.
Castles -- Germany -- Bavaria -- Fiction.

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AL_ANNAL Dec 14, 2017

This addition to the historical fiction of WW II provides a realistic look at the experience of a diverse group of German citizens. We understand the societal and psychological pressures in Germany and how they came to play out in the lives of those who would become heroic resisters and those who became unwitting and unwilling pawns on the side of great evil.

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molly
Nov 29, 2017

In my old age I thought "oh no, not another WW2 story" but I have to say, it is really good.
I really got caught up in the lives of the three women, and the author writes well. ( I really wish
the library and publisher's comments would stop with so much detail. What are they thinking?!)

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JaniceDeG
Nov 29, 2017

It's a rare thing to find a book that you can't put down because it is such a compelling read. "The Women in the Castle" is one of those rare books. Highly recommend this book, especially if you are a fan of the WWII genre.

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Rachelc24
Nov 07, 2017

a good read. I would recommend it.

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bibliomum
Oct 27, 2017

A moving story of 3 women in Germany during and after WWII.

jilllib Oct 10, 2017

Historical fiction based on a true story. Through different circumstances, three women live in a castle in Germany after WWII.

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Ireadalot2
Oct 01, 2017

Sometimes difficult subject matter but an excellent book. Three women and their children survive Germany in WWII and what happens after.

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Mrsdoody
Sep 16, 2017

Emotion story of survival of the women left behind in Germany in WWII.

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josiehann
Sep 13, 2017

Thought provoking tale from the perspective of 3 different women before, during, and after World War II. This might lead to musings on how evil is allowed to flourish when there are good people all around.

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pozrob
Sep 12, 2017

Highly recommended. Should be required reading for high school students to shed light on the impact of of the horror of war. While this is a work of fiction it gives a snapshot of three women's lives but actually could of been the lives of millions of everyday Germans. Germany from the fall of the Holy Roman Empire up until the start of the Great War was the envy of Europe. After a humiliating defeat in that war, the German people (most) welcomed an unknown Austrian with open arms under his mantra,"Make Germany Great Again". The rest is history. We study history to to learn the mistakes from the past as not to repeat them again. Sadly that horse is out of the gate.

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