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Wunderland : a novel

by Epstein, Jennifer Cody,

Format: Print Book 2019
Availability: Available at 28 Libraries 28 of 30 copies
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Summary
It's 1989 in New York City and Ava Fischer is a mess- she's broke, her teenage daughter is barely speaking to her, and her estranged mother's ashes have just arrived from Germany by mail. Things were never easy between Ava and her mother, Ilse. Throughout Ava's childhood in Germany, first in an orphanage after WWII and then in Ilse's care, too many unspoken secrets hovered between them- Who was Ava's father? Why won't her mother tell her anything about him? And what exactly was Ilse doing during the war? In a trove of unsent letters that arrive with Ilse's ashes, written to Ilse's childhood best friend, Renate, Ava begins to find her answers, sending her spiraling deep into the past of the mother she never truly knew.

It's 1933 in Berlin. Two young girls, Renate and Ilse, meet at school and become inseparable friends. Bonded by their mutual bookishness, Ilse is the confident mischief-maker to Renate's brainy klutz. But as the Nazi party tightens its grip on the city, the two girls find their friendship torn apart by the Nuremberg Laws. As Ilse is increasingly drawn in by the Hitler Youth movement and its promise of a Germany restored to greatness, Renate is forced to confront a family secret long since buried, and leaving one friend catastrophically betrayed by the other, with reverberations that will be felt for generations to come.

Story Locale- New York City and Berlin
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Epstein's (The Painter from Shanghai, 2008) absorbing exploration of friendship, betrayal, and coming to terms with the past begins in 1989, when Ava Fischer receives a cache of letters written by Ilse, her recently deceased mother. The letters were addressed, but never sent, to someone named Renate. The novel unfolds across two time lines, one that takes the reader on a deep dive into the particulars of Ilse and Renate's lives in Germany, 1935-39. The other time line is Ava's, and it loops backward from 1989, when she is a single mother living in New York City, to 1946, when she is temporarily stranded in a German orphanage. Ilse and Renate are best friends, but Hitler's rise sets them on very different paths; while Ilse enthusiastically joins the Nazi youth movement, Renate discovers that she is a Mischling one who has both Aryan and Jewish ancestry. As for Ava and Ilse, their postwar relationship is shadowed by Ilse's refusal to talk about the past or divulge the identity of Ava's father. Suggest this to fans of novels like Jessica Shattuck's The Women in the Castle (2017) and Martha Hall Kelly's Lilac Girls (2016).--Mary Ellen Quinn Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Epstein's heartbreaking historical tour de force (after The Painter from Shanghai) juxtaposes Nazi-era Germany and 1980s New York City to devastating effect. The story opens in 1933: German schoolgirls Renate Bauer and Ilse von Fischer are best friends as Hitler comes to power and Jews become increasingly demonized. Renate is dating a young white supremacist and, along with Ilse, tries to join the Nazi-sponsored Bund Deutscher Madel. But after Renate discovers that her now-Christian father was born Jewish, Renate and her family are subjected to Gestapo questioning and blackmail. Ilse coldly drops her best friend, and, caught up in the growing nationalism, she betrays Renate's family. In the East Village in 1989, Ava Fischer receives her estranged mother's ashes and a sheaf of letters that outline her mother's biggest regrets. She's always felt unwanted by her mother, after being left for years in a German orphanage. But after she obtains the package, which contains a shocking secret about her parentage, everything suddenly makes a strange sort of sense. Epstein doesn't stint on the horrifying details of the indignities dealt to Jews during Hitler's reign. Man's inhumanity to man-and the redemptive power of forgiveness-is on stark and effective display in Epstein's gripping novel, a devastating tale bound for bestseller lists. Agent: Amelia Atlas, ICM Partners. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Mothers and daughters -- Fiction.
Female friendship -- Fiction.
Germany -- History -- 1933-1945 -- Fiction.
East Village (New York, N.Y.) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Historical fiction.
Epistolary fiction.
Publisher New York :2019
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 371 pages ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9780525576907
0525576908
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