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In the very darkest hour, who do you trust, who do you love, and who can be saved?
It is 1943 - the height of the Second World War. With the men taken by the army, Berlin has become a city of women. And while her husband fights on the Eastern Front, Sigrid Schröder is, for all intents and purposes, the model soldier's wife: she goes to work every day, does as much with her rations as she can, and dutifully cares for her meddling mother-in-law.
But behind this façade is an entirely different Sigrid, a woman who dreams of her former Jewish lover, who is now lost in the chaos of the war.
Sigrid's tedious existence is turned upside-down when she finds herself hiding a mother and her two young daughters: could they be her lover's family? Now she must make terrifying choices that could cost her everything.
'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
'Vividly cinematic yet subtle and full of moral ambiguity ... riveting characters - is as impossible to put down as it is to forget' Kirkus
Publication date: 05/09/2013
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
|Publication date:||5th September 2013|
|Publisher:||Penguin Books Ltd|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
David Gillham trained as a writer at the University of Southern California. After relocating to New York, he worked in the book industry, and now lives with his family in Western Massachusetts. City of Women is his first novel.More About David Gillham