Another end of WW II novel but this one is particularly intriguing. German cities are mostly destroyed as the war is lost. We follow the story of three German widows of war resisters who were involved in the plot to kill Hitler. The three women are compellingly portrayed as somewhat ordinary women surviving in extraordinary circumstances. Those circumstances past and present have created different challenges for each widow and their children.
Good historical fiction puts you realistically into the past. The Women in the Castle does that. It gives you, from the perspective of ordinary German women, who were there at the beginning of the Nazi war and the end. It also can give us insights into real choices and issues people faced then and still do today. What was it like to be swept up in extraordinary times and changes. Or most importantly how the evil tentacles of fascism could first divide and then delude and conquer the people of a modern nation.It also draws some chilling parallels to things brewing in the political climate today. Jessica Shattuck has provided a wonderful addition to the list of great WWII literature.
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