City of Women by David R. Gillham (Aug 2012)

Image This is a fabulous read.  This is not typical “women’s fiction”, nor is it what I feared I’d find in “WWII fiction”: a story filled with war strategy.  What it is is a beautifully written drama that gives the reader a tangible feel for what aspects of living on the home front in Berlin, emptied of most men, may have been like.  The characters and their moral quandaries are complex, and will appeal to readers not only of historical fiction but of mysteries.  The focus is on women: the dynamics of their relations with one another.  But there are several important male characters, and a romance.  So, really, this is the sort of book that should have broad readership.  Highly recommended.  Advance readers copy provided by Penguin.

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About Cheryl McNeil
I am the User Services Librarian at the Orangeburg Library in Orangeburg, NY

One Response to City of Women by David R. Gillham (Aug 2012)

  1. john851 says:

    Thanks for the review, Cheryl. This sounds like a fascinating book, especially with its Berlin perspective. I will definitely add it to my list of books to look for!

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