City of Women by David R. Gillham

88%

8 Critic Reviews

...powerfully drawn characters, and the multilayered dilemmas make his first literary effort a powerful revelation.
-Publishers Weekly

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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AND ONE OF KIRKUS REVIEWS' BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR

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 Schröder 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 façade 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 . . .

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About David R. Gillham

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DAVID R. GILLHAM was trained as a writer at the University of Southern California, where he moved from screenwriting into fiction. After relocating to New York City, he spent more than a decade in the book business, and now lives with his family in western Massachusetts.
 
Published August 7, 2012 by Penguin Books. 450 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, War. Fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Jul 22 2012

World War II Germany may be familiar ground, but Gillham's novel—vividly cinematic yet subtle and full of moral ambiguity, not to mention riveting characters—is as impossible to put down as it is to forget.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Jun 25 2012

...powerfully drawn characters, and the multilayered dilemmas make his first literary effort a powerful revelation.

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Book Reporter

Good
on Aug 09 2012

It is both a worthwhile literary exploration of morality and an entertaining story.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
on Aug 07 2012

Gilham, who deftly blends history and fiction in this story, gives the women of Berlin a strong voice.

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USA Today

Good
on Aug 05 2012

They make fiction seem like a viable tool for reminding ourselves of history as it truly happened — and not simply as it affects us.

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We Love This Book

Good
on Jan 31 2013

...Gillham’s descriptions are deeply evocative and thoroughly engaging, exploring a society which is ultimately familiar yet distinctly different at the same time.

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St. Louis Today

Good
on Aug 11 2012

Vivid and compelling, “City of Women” opens a window on the lives of ordinary citizens whose sons, husbands and brothers marched off to fight against the Allies.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Good
on Aug 29 2012

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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