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Wunderland - A Novel

English · Paperback

Will be released 31.12.2019


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USA TODAY BESTSELLER • “Searing . . . a heartbreaking page-turner .”-- People (Book of the Week) An intimate portrait of a friendship severed by history, and a sweeping saga of wartime, motherhood, and legacy by an award-winning novelist East Village, 1989 Things had never been easy between Ava Fisher and her estranged mother Ilse. Too many questions hovered between them: Who was Ava's father? Where had Ilse been during the war? Why had she left her only child in a German orphanage during the war’s final months? But now Ilse’s ashes have arrived from Germany, and with them, a trove of unsent letters addressed to someone else unknown to Ava: Renate Bauer, a childhood friend. As her mother’s letters unfurl a dark past, Ava spirals deep into the shocking history of a woman she never truly knew. Berlin, 1933 As the Nazi party tightens its grip on the city, Ilse and Renate find their friendship under siege--and Ilse’s increasing involvement in the Hitler Youth movement leaves them on opposing sides of the gathering storm. Then the Nuremburg Laws force Renate to confront a long-buried past, and a catastrophic betrayal is set in motion. . . . An unflinching exploration of Nazi Germany and its legacy, Wunderland is at once a powerful portrait of an unspeakable crime history and a page-turning contemplation of womanhood, wartime, and just how far we might go in order to belong. Praise for Wunderland “Engrossing . . . Epstein reveals the devastating choices these women make.” -- Real Simple “ Wunderland is both an engrossing family drama and a foray into a dark period of history . . . a wholly original angle to the WWII novel. You’ll read it in one shivered sitting.” -- Refinery29 “A vividly written and stark chronicle of Nazism and its legacies.” -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review) “A wealth of history turns Wunderland into a novel that’s both beautiful and devastating. . . . Epstein taps into the 1930s prewar era, laying out an unsparing narrative that details tragic events and horrifying legacies . . . opening a new door that may lead to redemption and joy for future generations.” -- BookPage (starred review) “[A] heartbreaking historical tour de force . . . Man’s inhumanity to man--and the redemptive power of forgiveness--is on stark and effective display in Epstein’s gripping novel, a devastating tale bound for bestseller lists.” -- Publishers Weekly (starred review) ...

Product details

Authors Jennifer Cody Epstein
Publisher Ballantine Books Inc.
Subject Fiction > Narrative literature
Languages English
Product format Paperback
Release 31.12.2019, delayed
EAN 9780525576914
ISBN 978-0-525-57691-4
No. of pages 384
Dimensions 132 mm x 203 mm x 20 mm

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