The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck
Amid the ashes of Nazi Germany’s defeat, Marianne von Lingenfels returns to the once-grand castle of her husband’s ancestors, an imposing stone fortress now fallen into ruin after years of war. The widow of a resister murdered in the failed July 20, 1944, plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, Marianne plans to uphold the promise she made to her husband’s brave conspirators: to find and protect their wives, her fellow resistance widows. But as Marianne assembles her makeshift family from the ruins of war, she quickly discovers that the highly principled world of her privileged past has become infinitely more complicated and filled with dark secrets that threaten to tear them apart. Eventually, the women must come to terms with the choices that have defined their lives before, during, and after the war—each with their own unique share of challenges. The Women in the Castle offers a portrait of war and its repercussions and explores what it means to survive, love, and, ultimately, to forgive in the wake of unimaginable hardship.
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