The Women in the Castle

The Women in the Castle

Set at the end of World War II, in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society, a powerful and propulsive story of three widows whose lives and fates become intertwined—an affecting, shocking, and ultimately redemptive novel from the author of the New York Times Notable Book The Hazards of Good BreedingAmid the ashes of Nazi Germany’s de...

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Title:The Women in the Castle
Author:Jessica Shattuck
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ISBN:0062563661
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:368 pages

The Women in the Castle Reviews

  • Diane S ☔
    Sep 30, 2016
    Three women, Marianne, Benita and Ania, from different walks of life, but all have one thing in common. They have survived the holocaust, the plot to kill Hitler which took two of their husbands and for Ania, the evil in which she found herself involved. It is the immediate aftermath in Bavaria, of ...
  • Will Byrnes
    Oct 27, 2016
    Suddenly she saw everything in its harsh, naked state. She felt the pulse of the lives lived inside the mean little house she passed: selfish or generous, kind or unkind, ugly or tolerable, almost all of them sad. And she saw the histories of the people passing by like x-rays stamped on their face...
  • Cheri
    Jan 27, 2017
    !! NOW AVAILABLE !!The Women in the Castle begins with the Prologue at Burg Lingenfels, site of a Bavarian Castle. The year is 1938, setting a picture of the pre-war days, the Countess’s famous harvest party is being assembled, organized, and hosting this party is Marianne von Lingelfels, niec...
  • Elyse
    Dec 04, 2016
    The storytelling grabs you IMMEDIATELY!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!This tour de force of historical imagination is set primarily in Germany before during and after WWII focusing on the lives of three women and their children. You'll meet Marianne, "The Commander of the wives and Children. Marianne was married ...
  • Angela M
    Jan 30, 2017
    I started reading this a couple of days after Holocaust Remembrance Day and on that day I thought about how it should be remembered more than on just one day each year . This is why I really believe that reading books about WWII and the Holocaust is so important. This book certainly made me remember...
  • Bam
    Nov 22, 2016
    In this remarkable work of WWII historical fiction, Shattuck tells the story of three German women whose husbands were resistors and were killed for planning the assassination of Hitler. The prologue introduces us to the von Lingenfels family on the night of their annual party--November 9, 1938--the...
  • Sam
    Jan 25, 2017
    World War II novels are seemingly never out of style, and the public appetite for them is insatiable. Besides the pantheon of classic and important reads from nonfiction to darkly comic war novels to demo-crossing YA reads, for the past three years a WWII book with a special alchemy has penetrated p...
  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    Jan 22, 2017
    For all the horror of the official reports she and Albrecht had seen, with their language of "extermination" and "elimination," they could not come close to conjuring this. How could they? There was no point of reference. Later, such footage would come to be so familiar it became unseen-a kind of pl...
  • Brenda
    Apr 16, 2017
    5 Stunning StarsThe Women in the Castle is a remarkable, elegant and well-crafted story that left me quietly closing my eyes and thinking about each character and contemplating their stories and decisions. Giving me a highly satisfying feeling. I was highly engaged in the relationships of these thre...
  • Cathrine ☯
    Mar 31, 2017
    4.5★I’ve read many WWII books and friends may note that I’m often not singing praises to those written by women too heavily influenced with female energy, melodrama, and romance. For example, I was not as enamored with The Nightingale to which this has been compared. I say it's more i...