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Author: Takis Würger Narrator: Will Damron, Shayna Small Publisher: Random House Audio Audio Length: Release Date: March 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780593402597

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From the internationally bestselling author of The Club comes a new novel of love and betrayal, set in Berlin in 1942 In 1942, Friedrich, an even-keeled but unworldly young man, arrives in Berlin from bucolic Switzerland with dreams of becoming an artist. At a life drawing class, he is hypnotized by the beautiful model, Kristin, who soon becomes his energetic yet enigmatic guide to the bustling and cosmopolitan city, escorting him to underground jazz clubs where they drink cognac, dance, and kiss. The war feels far away to Friedrich, who falls in love with Kristin as they spend time together in his rooms at the Grand Hotel, but as the months pass, the mood in the city darkens as the Nazis tighten their hold on Berlin, terrorizing any who are deemed foes of the Reich. One day, Kristin comes back to Friedrich's rooms in tears, battered and bruised. She tells him that her real name is Stella, and that she is Jewish, passing for Aryan. More disturbing still, she has troubling connections with the Gestapo that Friedrich does not fully understand. As Friedrich confronts Stella's unimaginable choices, he finds himself woefully unprepared for the history he is living through. Based in part on a real historical character, Stella sets a tortured love story against the backdrop of wartime Berlin, and powerfully explores questions of naiveté, young love, betrayal, and the horrors of history.

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About the Author

Takis Würger is a reporter working for the German news magazine Der Spiegel. He studied human, social, and political science at St. John’s College, Cambridge, for a year before dropping out. During this time, he boxed for the university, broke two ribs and his hand, and became a member of the Adonians, the Hawks’ Club, and the Pitt Club. Würger was named one of Medium’s “Top 30 Journalists under 30,” alongside other accolades. His work as a journalist has taken him to Afghanistan, Libya, Mexico, and Ukraine. The Club is his first novel.

About the Narrators

Will Damron has won several Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has had acting roles off-Broadway and on stage and screen throughout the country.

Shayna Small is an actress, singer, and educator based in New York, where she received her BFA in Drama from the Juilliard School. She has worked across a variety of media including theater, film and tv, music and voice-over.