“David Gillham’s excellent new novel, ‘City of Women,’ is built on one of the most extraordinary and faithful recreations of a time in history – Berlin in World War II – that I’ve ever read.” – Alan Furst
It is 1943, the height of the Second World War, and Berlin has essentially become a city of women. The men are fighting and dying at the front. Those who return alive are injured, ghosts of their former selves. But on the home front the women solider on.
While her husband is entrenched outside of Moscow, 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 who is now lost in the chaos of the war. Her lover is Jewish.
Before long, Sigrid finds herself embroiled in an underground world she knew nothing about. When she becomes responsible for hiding a mother and her two young daughters, who might be her lover’s family – Sigrid is forced to make an agonizing decision that could cost her everything.
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