City of Women

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Amy Einhorn Books, 2012 - Fiction - 392 pages
77 Reviews

Whom do you trust, whom do you love, and who can be saved?

It is 1943—the height of the Second World War—and Berlin has essentially become a city of women.
Sigrid Schröder is, for all intents and purposes, 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 façade is an entirely different Sigrid, a woman who dreams of her former lover, now lost in the chaos of the war. Her lover is a Jew.

But Sigrid is not the only one with secrets.

A high ranking SS officer and his family move down the hall and Sigrid finds herself pulled into their orbit. A young woman doing her duty-year is out of excuses before Sigrid can even ask her any questions. And then there's the blind man selling pencils on the corner, whose eyes Sigrid can feel following her from behind the darkness of his goggles.

Soon Sigrid is embroiled in a world she knew nothing about, and as her eyes open to the reality around her, the carefully constructed fortress of solitude she has built over the years begins to collapse. She must choose to act on what is right and what is wrong, and what falls somewhere in the shadows between the two.
In this page-turning novel, David Gillham explores what happens to ordinary people thrust into extraordinary times, and how the choices they make can be the difference between life and death.

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I loved the writing style. - Goodreads
I even liked the love story, and I'm not a romance fan. - Goodreads
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I thought Gillham's writing was beautiful. - Goodreads
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A page turner from the very beginning. - Goodreads

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User Review  - KikiUnhinged - LibraryThing

I think I liked it, if it weren't for that annoying, distracting present tense and the repetitive use of the adjective "thick!" I mean c'mon, how can everything be thick and what does it eventually ... Read full review

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User Review  - Dmtcer - LibraryThing

This story is set in Berlin during the last portion of World War 2. I found it to be dark and somber,and oppressive, as I am sure life must have been for most Berliners. The city is filled with women ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

David R. Gillham is the "New York Times"-bestselling author of "City of Women." He spent more than a decade in the book business. He lives with his family in western Massachusetts and is currently working on his second novel.

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