An intimate portrait of a friendship severed by history, and a sweeping saga of wartime, motherhood, and legacy by an award-winning novelist
On Sale: April 23, 2019
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East Village, 1989
Things had never been easy between Ava Fisher and her
estranged mother Ilse. Too many questions hovered between
them: Who was Ava's father? Where had Ilse been during
the war? Why had she left her only child in a German
orphanage during the war’s final months? But now Ilse’s
ashes have arrived from Germany, and with them, a trove
of unsent letters addressed to someone else unknown to
Ava: Renate Bauer, a childhood friend. As her mother’s
letters unfurl a dark past, Ava spirals deep into the
shocking history of a woman she never truly knew.
As the Nazi party tightens its grip on the city, Ilse and
Renate find their friendship under siege—and Ilse’s
increasing involvement in the Hitler Youth movement
leaves them on opposing sides of the gathering storm.
Then the Nuremburg Laws force Renate to confront a long-
buried past, and a catastrophic betrayal is set in
An unflinching exploration of Nazi Germany and its
legacy, Wunderland is a at once a powerful portrait of an
unspeakable crime history and a page-turning
contemplation of womanhood, wartime, and just how far we
might go in order to belong.
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