Introducing THE Penguin Rep Pick of the summer: CITY OF WOMEN by David Gillham - available August 7th from Amy Einhorn/Putnam Books.
The novel Alan Furst calls “extraordinary,” Paula McLain declares “powerful and piercingly real,” and Pam Jenoff proclaims “haunting and sensual” is now available for preorders! Here’s a glimpse into the book that already has bestselling authors and booksellers buzzing:
It is 1943—the height of the Second World War. With the men taken by the army, Berlin has become a city of women. And while her husband fights on the Eastern Front, Sigrid Schröder is, for all intents and purposes, the model 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 who dreams of her former Jewish lover, who is now lost in the chaos of the war.
Sigrid’s tedious existence is turned upside down when she finds herself hiding a mother and her two young daughters—whom she believes might be her lover’s family—and she must make terrifying choices that could cost her everything.