City of Women by David Gillham

Gillham’s smartly written sophisticated novel about women living in Berlin during WWII is a compelling debut.  It follows Sigrid a woman who lives with her complaining mother-in-law in an apartment building and her relationships with the other women in the building. It is about how she is seduced by a Jewish man at the theater, what she discovers about him and how she gets drawn into helping a younger woman in the building hide and move Jews in Berlin while making it appear as if she is living a normal civilian life while her husband if off fighting in Hitler’s army. Sigrid’s character evolves.  If put in her situation what might any of us do? I highly recommend this book.


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