Thursday, September 6, 2012

City of Women

World War II has turned into one of my favorite time periods to read about.  City of Women by David Gillham is yet another title set during this time period, and well worth reading.

1943, Berlin- Sigrid is living with her mother-in-law, working a job in what has become a city full of women since the men are all at war.  Sigrid's marriage isn't one of wedded bliss and there is certainly no love lost between her and her mother-in-law.

When Sigrid becomes friends with a young woman named Ericha, she is pulled into a world of danger she tries to help save the Jews of Berlin.  Her own lover, also a Jew, is another of Sigrid's well kept secrets. As the novel unfolds Sigrid must decide whether she will put not only herself at risk but also her husband and his mother.

City of Women has received a lot of buzz, and is another great novel to add to the already very long list of World War II literature.  I initially thought this book would be about more than just a few of the women left in Berlin during the war, but was also not disappointed in Sigrid and Ericha's stories. 

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