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Author of AGAINST A DARKENING SKY, THE EMPTY ROOM, OUR DAILY BREAD, and others. Find out more at www.LaurenBDavis.com. I read as if my sanity depended upon it.. . . oh, wait, it does! Snort.

The Women in the Castle - Jessica Shattuck

A terrific book told from the point of view of three German women and set throughout the Second World War through to 1991. Beautifully written, with fabulous imagery and a great sense of intimacy. I wasn't quite sure the world needed another book on this subject, especially not after reading Hans Fallada's astonishing ALL MEN DIE ALONE recently, but this feels surprisingly fresh. Powerlessness, conviction, fortitude, and guilt... all are explored with a clear-eyed (dare I say Germanic) sensibility. 

The end of the book dangles ever so slightly, which is understandable given that the peace-time aspect of the narrative can't possibly have the drama of the war-passages, and perhaps it is ever-so-slightly too neat, but overall the book is satisfying.