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Author: Jessica Shattuck Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2017 ISBN: 9780062657381
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Three women, haunted by the past and the secrets they hold

Set at the end of World War II, in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society, this is the powerful and propulsive story of three widows whose lives and fates become intertwined.

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 following 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.

First Marianne rescues six-year-old Martin, the son of her dearest childhood friend, from a Nazi reeducation home. Together, they make their way across the smoldering wreckage of their homeland to Berlin, where Martin’s mother, the beautiful and naive Benita, has fallen into the hands of occupying Red Army soldiers. Then she locates Ania, another resister’s wife, and her two boys, now refugees languishing in one of the many camps that house the millions displaced by the war.

As Marianne assembles this makeshift family from the ruins of her husband’s resistance movement, she is certain their shared pain and circumstances will hold them together. But she quickly discovers that the black-and-white, highly principled world of her privileged past has become infinitely more complicated, filled with secrets and dark passions that threaten to tear them apart. Eventually, all three 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.

Written with the devastating emotional power of The Nightingale, Sarah’s Key, and The Light Between Oceans, Jessica Shattuck’s evocative and utterly enthralling novel offers a fresh perspective on one of the most tumultuous periods in history. Combining piercing social insight and vivid historical atmosphere, The Women in the Castle is a dramatic yet nuanced portrait of war and its repercussions that explores what it means to survive, love, and, ultimately, to forgive in the wake of unimaginable hardship.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Shattuck has written a beautiful, thought-provoking story, and Campbell’s masterful reading strikes just the right chord in portraying each character’s pain and joy.”

    AudioFile

  • “A masterful epic.”

    People magazine

  • “Mesmerizing…The Women in the Castle stands tall among the literature that reveals new truths about one of history’s most tragic eras.”

    USA Today

  • “Captivating, fascinating, and incredibly faithful to the events as they happened…Reveals an entirely new side of what it’s like to be a woman in wartime.”

    Newsweek

  • “Moving…surprises and devastates.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A portrait of a postwar country wracked with guilt and confusion, trying to regroup and rebuild…Beautifully written.”

    BookPage

  • A March 2017 LibraryReads Pick
  • A BookPage Top Pick for April 2017
  • New York Times bestseller
  • Amazon Best Book of the Month for April 2017
  • Redbook Magazine Pick for Spring

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About the Author

Jessica Shattuck is a New York Times bestselling novelist. Her book The Hazards of Good Breeding was a New York Times Notable Book and finalist for the PEN/Winship Award. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, New Yorker, Glamour, Mother Jones, Wired, and The Believer, among other publications. A graduate of Harvard University, she received her MFA from Columbia University.

About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.