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City of Women (Compact Disc)

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Ignore the cover – I don’t know what the bubbles are about. This is one of the most sexy, intelligent, engrossing novels I’ve read in years. Berlin: emptied and starving at the height of WWII. The able-bodied men gone: a city of women--full of despair, pettiness, intrigue, and strange and random kindnesses. Sigrid is caught in a web of mystery and memory, loyalty, passion.

— Jocelyn

City of Women is a novel about the women left behind in Berlin during World War II while their husbands were away. These women weren’t sitting around knitting; they endured air raids, the secret police, and hostility on every corner. A simple trip to the movies could be life altering, as Sigrid Schroeder finds out when she is thrust into a double life of espionage and clandestine meetings with devastating consequences. I simply couldn’t put this one down.

— Kat

August 2012 Indie Next List

“In this powerful debut, Gillham gives voice to the remarkable women left to defend the home front in war-torn Berlin. He masterfully juxtaposes their courage and determination in the face of opposition with fear, loneliness, and despair. Impeccably told, City of Women is a sensual, suspenseful read filled with extraordinary characters and exceptional moments of resilience, humanity, and grace.”
— Anderson McKean, Page & Palette, Fairhope, AL


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 Schroder 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 facade 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 what falls somewhere in the shadows between the two . . .

Product Details
ISBN: 9781611761276
ISBN-10: 1611761271
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
Publication Date: August 7th, 2012
Pages: 11
Language: English
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