Events & Programs

Jan. 2: Book Discussion: "The Women in the Castle" by Jessica Shattuck

Date: 01/02/20 10:30 am   to   01/02/20 11:30 am

The North Conway Library’s book club is reading  "The Art Forger" by B.A. Shapiro and will discuss it on Dec. 7 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Library.

 

This is an open group.  Everyone is welcome, whether or not you are a library member.  The group meets on the first Thursday of each month. Copies of the book are available at the North Conway Library. For details call (603) 356-2961. 

 

About the Book:

 

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 women 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. 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.

 

As Marianne assembles this makeshift family from the ruins of her husband’s resistance movement, she quickly discovers that the black-and-white, highly principled world of her privileged past has become infinitely more complicated, and filled with dark secrets that threaten to tear them apart.

 

Written with devastating emotional power, 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, to love, and, ultimately, to forgive in the wake of unimaginable hardship. 

 

Reviews

 

“If you love historical fiction, this is your must-read book: It’s captivating, fascinating, and incredibly faithful to the events as they happened, and Jessica Shattuck reveals an entirely new side of what it’s like to be a woman in wartime.” (Newsweek)

“Moving . . . Shattuck’s achievement―beyond unfolding a plot that surprises and devastates―is in her subtle exploration of what a moral righteousness looks like in the aftermath of the war, when communities and lives must be rebuilt, together.” (New York Times Book Review)

“A masterful epic.” (People Magazine)

“A poignant, World War II page-turner.” (Marie Claire)

“Offers a mesmerizing new look at the aftermath of the war . . . with insight and empathy, The Women in the Castle stands tall among the literature that reveals new truths about one of history’s most tragic eras.” (USA Today)

“If you’re a historical fiction fan, this will be your new favorite novel of 2017. It’s so emotionally powerful there’s a chance the literary-induced chills will stay with you well into summer.” (Redbook Magazine, 20 Books By Women You Must Read This Spring)

“A virtuoso of time and place, Jessica Shattuck has created a heart-smashingly good story that will change the way you look at current events, and leave you asking, ‘What would I do if I were in these characters’ shoes?’ Powerful and prescient, an important book everyone should read.” (Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet and Songs of Willow Frost)