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“This poignant, previously untold story highlights a group of female spies in the resistance movement during World War II. Four women’s lives are entwined (only one of which is fictional), as one American, two Germans, and one German Jew gather intelligence to bring down the Third Reich from within. Beginning with an emotionally evocative description of the lead-up to the rise of Nazism and fascism, a unique perspective of events unfolds, offering a rare discussion of just how quickly societies can devolve, how the human spirit adapts to conflict and the loss of civil liberties, and how communities can be shamed and fearful of participating in any sort of resistance. In keeping with reality, when the Harnack resistance group is discovered, there are fatal consequences for these brave women. A detailed author’s note grounds the novel, amplifying the humanity of these women’s stories in this swiftly-moving, engaging read.”BrocheAroe,
River Dog Book Co.
“Mildred Harnack, an American woman, moves with her husband to Germany, but while they’re building their life together, the Nazi party is rising to power. Mildred and her friends can’t stand by and watch their communities be torn apart, so they conspire to resist. The women work together to provide information about the Germans to the American forces, but when their resistance cell is exposed, everyone is at risk. Beautifully written and heavily researched, Chiaverini brings Mildred and her compatriots to life on the page with a vividness that kept me up all night reading.”Mary Ruthless,
Foggy Pine Books
“Based upon the life of American Mildred Fish Harnack. Mildred, Arvid & Greta meet as graduate students in Wisconsin. Arvid returns to Germany to work. Mildred follows him & they are married. Greta is forced to return to Germany because of the depression. The book follows the rise of Hitler, the increasing persecution of the intelligencia and arts community, especially Communist & Jewish members. Mildred and her friends become involved in the resistance to bring down the regime.”Patricia,
Village Square Booksellers