BookBrowse Reviews The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

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The Women in the Castle

by Jessica Shattuck

The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck X
The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck
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    Mar 2017, 368 pages
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    Jan 2018, 368 pages

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Set at the end of World War II, in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society, this is a powerful and propulsive story of three widows whose lives and fates become intertwined.

In The Women in the Castle, Shattuck narrates the experiences of three women during the rise and fall of Nazi Germany, and traces their very different paths in the years that followed. Through these stories, the author weaves in astute philosophical commentary on family, community, and complicity, and how the taint of guilt can be passed from one person to another, consuming lives in the process.

Marianne von Lingenfels is a staunch, conscientious aristocratic woman, wholly supportive of her husband and his fellow resisters' plot to assassinate Hitler (see 'Beyond the Book'). When the plan fails, and the resisters are executed, the widowed Marianne vows to look after the wives and children who are left behind, by bringing them to her inherited castle in the country. The bereaved include Benita Gruber, the seemingly young and frivolous spouse of Marianne's childhood sweetheart, and ...

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