Tuesday, May 7, 2013
On the surface, Sigrid Schröder 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 façade 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 . . . -- Berkley
Last year, I read CITY OF WOMEN by David R. Gillham on my train trip to New York for BEA, and I couldn't believe how good this novel was. Truly, I was blown away by! The historical elements were fascinating, but so were the characters. Here's a little snippet from my review, "CITY OF WOMEN is historical fiction at its best. It has romance, intrigue, and suspense. It also just happens to take place during one of my all-time favorite time periods -- World War II." You can read the rest of my review here.
But I wasn't the only reader who was seriously impressed by this book. Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review, Kirkus Reviews named it a Best Book of 2012 and Slate deemed it one of the most overlooked books of 2012. It's even been optioned for film by writer/director Stanley Tucci and will be produced by the same company behind Winter’s Bone, Babel, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
As of today, CITY OF WOMEN is now available in paperback, and I have a copy to share with one lucky Booking Mama reader courtesy of the publisher. To enter, just fill out the form below before May 20th at 11:59 p.m. ET. I will randomly select and notify the winner the following day. This contest is open to those of you with U.S. addresses only. Good luck!