Monday, September 30, 2013

What We're Reading: City of Women

In between preparing for a new school year and the high holidays, the staff book club hasn't had a chance to meet for a while. Luckily, our new book, City of Women by David R. Gillham, is a compelling read full of twists and turns and ripe with moral dilemmas. 

The book blurb reads:

It is 1943— the height of the Second World War. With the men away at the front, Berlin has become a city of women. On the surface, Sigrid is the model German 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, all the while ignoring the horrific immoralities of the regime. But behind this fa├žade is an entirely different Sigrid, a woman of passion who dreams of her former Jewish lover, now lost in the chaos of the war. 

But Sigrid is not the only one with secrets—she soon finds herself caught between what is right and what is wrong, and falls somewhere in the shadows between the two.

At  once a well researched work of historical fiction, a love story, and a page turning espionage tale, City of Women is notable for its sympathetic but highly flawed characters and for Sigrid’s unique perspective as a reluctant member of the resistance.

We will discuss the book this Thursday, October 3. Feel free to post your reviews and questions in the comments section, or to suggest other books. 

 Image: Book cover courtesy of Amy Einhorn Books.

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