”—Stephanie Dray, New York Times bestselling author of 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 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.
When word comes to Camelot that Sir Tristram has died of wounds suffered in a skirmish, and that his longtime mistress, La Belle Isolde has subsequently died of a broken heart, Queen Guinevere and her trusted lady Rosemounde immediately suspect that there is more to the story of the lovers’ deaths.
Written with the devastating emotional power of , 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, “Later he told me that he’d been afraid to show me the painting.
He thought I wouldn’t like the way he portrayed me: dragging myself across the field, fingers clutching dirt, my legs twisted behind. That dilapidated house in the distance, looming up like a secret that won’t stay hidden.” To Christina Olson, the entire world was her family’s remote farm in the small coastal town of Cushing, Maine.
Born in the home her family had lived in for generations, and increasingly incapacitated by illness, Christina seemed destined for a small life.