Jessica Shattuck - The Women in the Castle
Shattuck’s third novel takes us inside Germany before, during, and after the Third Reich. Drawing on her own grandparents’ experience, Shattuck, author of The Hazards of Good Breeding and Perfect Life, follows the families of Resistance fighters as they live through and then are haunted by events of World War II. While the men in Shattuck’s story are the martyrs—losing their lives in a conspiracy to assassinate Hitler in July 1944—the heroes are the wives they leave behind. The narrative focuses on Marianne, who fulfills her promise to her husband by sheltering the widows and children of his fellow conspirators. As the years pass, the women lose touch, but then a reunion forces them at last to face the truth of their wartime legacy.