Wunderland

A Novel
 
 
Ballantine Books Inc. (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 14. Februar 2020
 
  • Buch
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  • Softcover
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  • 382 Seiten
978-0-525-57691-4 (ISBN)
 
USA TODAY BESTSELLER • "Searing . . . a heartbreaking page-turner."-People

"Both heartbreaking and hopeful, this story of a daughter searching for the truth about her mother's secret past, tangled up in old secrets and terrible lies, kept me up late turning pages."-Martha Hall Kelly, bestselling author of Lilac Girls

This edition includes an exclusive reader's guide featuring thought-provoking questions for your book club and an interview with the author!

Once inseparable, Berlin teenagers Ilse Fischer and Renate Bauer find their friendship ripped apart by their nation's abrupt swing into fascism. Ilse, a so-called Aryan, throws her lot in with the Nazi Party, while Renate sees her once-secure world dismantled by Adolf Hitler's race laws and then shattered by a shocking betrayal. Decades later, that same betrayal will upend the life of Ilse's daughter, Ava, as she discovers long-buried truths about her mother's past. A harrowing page-turner, Wunderland traces the lives of three women across two generations-and the devastating repercussions of choices made in the dark days of wartime Germany.

Praise for Wunderland

"Engrossing . . . Epstein reveals the devastating choices these women make."-Real Simple

"Wunderland is both an engrossing family drama and a foray into a dark period of history . . . a wholly original angle to the WWII novel. You'll read it in one shivered sitting."-Refinery29

"A vividly written and stark chronicle of Nazism and its legacies."-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"A wealth of history turns Wunderland into a novel that's both beautiful and devastating. . . . Epstein taps into the 1930s prewar era, laying out an unsparing narrative that details tragic events and horrifying legacies . . . opening a new door that may lead to redemption and joy for future generations."-BookPage (starred review)

"[A] heartbreaking historical tour de force . . . Man's inhumanity to man-and the redemptive power of forgiveness-is on stark and effective display in Epstein's gripping novel, a devastating tale bound for bestseller lists."-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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JENNIFER CODY EPSTEIN is the author of the international bestseller The Painter from Shanghai, and The Gods of Heavenly Punishment, and winner of the 2013 Asian Pacific Association of Librarians Honor award for outstanding fiction. She has written for The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Self, Mademoiselle, and many others. She has an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and an MA in international affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.

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