Jessica Shattuck, author of The Women in the Castle, on tour March/April 2017

Posted By on March 27, 2017

About The Women in the Castle

• Hardcover: 368 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow (March 28, 2017)

Three women, haunted by the past and the secrets they hold

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 New York Times Notable Book The Hazards of Good Breeding.

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. Together, they make their way across the smoldering wreckage of their homeland to Berlin, where Martin’s mother, the beautiful and naive Benita, has fallen into the hands of occupying Red Army soldiers. Then she locates Ania, another resister’s wife, and her two boys, now refugees languishing in one of the many camps that house the millions displaced by the war.

As Marianne assembles this makeshift family from the ruins of her husband’s resistance movement, she is certain their shared pain and circumstances will hold them together. But she quickly discovers that the black-and-white, highly principled world of her privileged past has become infinitely more complicated, filled with secrets and dark passions that threaten to tear them apart. Eventually, all three women must come to terms with the choices that have defined their lives before, during, and after the war—each with their own unique share of challenges.

Written with the devastating emotional power of The Nightingale, Sarah’s Key, and The Light Between Oceans, 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, love, and, ultimately, to forgive in the wake of unimaginable hardship.

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Photo by Lesley Unruh

About Jessica Shattuck

Jessica Shattuck is the award-winning author of The Hazards of Good Breeding, which was a New York Times Notable Book and finalist for the PEN/Winship Award, and Perfect Life. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, New Yorker, Glamour, Mother Jones, Wired, and The Believer, among other publications. A graduate of Harvard University, she received her MFA from Columbia University. She lives with her husband and three children in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Find out more about Jessica at her website and connect with her on Facebook.

Tour Stops

Tuesday, March 28th: bookchickdi

Thursday, March 30th: Ms. Nose in a Book

Friday, March 31st: Just Commonly

Tuesday, April 4th: No More Grumpy Bookseller

Wednesday, April 5th: Diary of an Eccentric

Thursday, April 6th: West Metro Mommy

Friday, April 7th: Broken Teepee

Tuesday, April 11th: Tina Says…

Thursday, April 13th: Let Them Read Books

Friday, April 14th: View from the Birdhouse

Monday, April 17th: Girls Just Reading

Tuesday, April 18th: Kahakai Kitchen

Thursday, April 20th: Books on the Table

Monday, April 24th: Kritters Ramblings

Tuesday, April 25th: Literary Quicksand

Wednesday, April 26th: #redhead.with.book

Friday, April 28th: StephTheBookworm

Friday, April 28th: A Chick Who Reads

Monday, May 1st: Living Outside the Stacks

TBD: I Brought a Book

TBD: The Paperback Pilgrim

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