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City of Women

A Novel

By David R. Gillham

City of Women
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  • Hardcover: Aug 2012,
    400 pages.
    Paperback: May 2013,
    448 pages.

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Kim Kovacs

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The story of a soldier's wife in WWII Berlin

Needless to say, there is a plethora of WWII novels available, and every time I see a new one on the shelves I wonder what could be left to cover and how an author could possibly make yet another book on the subject seem fresh. In City of Women, first time novelist David Gillham remarkably manages to do just that in this very fine work of historical fiction. He combines compelling characters and vivid descriptions of war-torn Berlin into a fast-paced plot that comes across as a surprisingly compelling and original story.

City of Women centers on the life of Frau Sigrid Schröder, an unremarkable soldier's wife left to keep the home fires burning as her husband heads off to war. Readers experience the atmosphere of a war-torn city through her eyes, first as she goes through her daily routine in the bombed-out city (work, shopping, coming home to her peevish mother-in-law, and ...

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