City of Women

City of Women

Audiobook CD - 2012
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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 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 . . .
READERS GUIDE INSIDE"
Publisher: New York : Penguin Audio, p2012.
ISBN: 9781611761276
1611761271
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 11 sound discs (13 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Bertish, Suzanne

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SuzeParker
Jan 08, 2014

It took me a long time after finishing this book to write my review. That’s because there were things I disliked about it rather intensely – such as the graphic description of Sigrid, who’s married, having sex with a stranger in a darkened movie theater. However, there is much to recommend City of Women. Specifically, I liked the way Gillham unfolds Sigrid coming awake to the reality of Jews’ fates as Hitler intensifies his agenda to eradicate them from Berlin. The best part of this book – in addition to the cloak-and-dagger, who-can-be-trusted stuff – is Sigrid becoming her own person, apart from the influences of her dreadful mother-in-law, her racist colleague and her done-with-life husband, even in the midst of war.

Gillham effectively captures what it must be like to live in a desperate city where people must always guard themselves, from countrymen as much as from the wartime enemy. Fear and suspicion are constant companions. While most seem to believe the only way to survive is to avert their eyes and be as invisible as possible, Sigrid becomes a woman who risks everything, even though she doesn’t have to, to help Jews survive. Her transition, which Gillham develops believably and commendably, is the highlight of the book.

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tlell
Oct 12, 2012

Great story...very well narrated...if I have even the tiniest complaint, it is that the stroy was full of just a few too many coincidences.....Otherwise, I loved it

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