Book Feature - Resistance Women by Jennifer Chiaverini
HBL Note: I’m sure many of my fellow WWII-novel readers have seen this beautiful book floating around on the internet and popping up in your favorite local bookstores. This is such a striking book cover, don’t you think? I love talking to authors about their book covers. I heard once that there is a mysterious woman (to me, anyway…since I don’t know who she is or what she looks like) at Barnes and Noble who has a lot of say over what book covers look like. If she likes them, then she’ll buy a lot of copies and place them front and center. A lot of book covers are selected this way. I wonder if she had influence over this cover? Scroll down to read more about this WWII novel from the author who brought us Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker.
From the publisher:
From the New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker, an enthralling historical saga that recreates the danger, romance, and sacrifice of an era and brings to life one courageous, passionate American—Mildred Fish Harnack—and her circle of women friends who waged a clandestine battle against Hitler in Nazi Berlin.
After Wisconsin graduate student Mildred Fish marries brilliant German economist Arvid Harnack, she accompanies him to his German homeland, where a promising future awaits. In the thriving intellectual culture of 1930s Berlin, the newlyweds create a rich new life filled with love, friendships, and rewarding work—but the rise of a malevolent new political faction inexorably changes their fate.
As Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party wield violence and lies to seize power, Mildred, Arvid, and their friends resolve to resist. Mildred gathers intelligence for her American contacts, including Martha Dodd, the vivacious and very modern daughter of the US ambassador. Her German friends, aspiring author Greta Kuckoff and literature student Sara Weitz, risk their lives to collect information from journalists, military officers, and officials within the highest levels of the Nazi regime.
For years, Mildred’s network stealthily fights to bring down the Third Reich from within. But when Nazi radio operatives detect an errant Russian signal, the Harnack resistance cell is exposed, with fatal consequences.
Inspired by actual events, Resistance Women is an enthralling, unforgettable story of ordinary people determined to resist the rise of evil, sacrificing their own lives and liberty to fight injustice and defend the oppressed.