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Wunderland: A Novel

Wunderland: A Novel

An intimate portrait of a friendship severed by history, and a sweeping saga of wartime, motherhood, and legacy by an award-winning novelist 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... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780525576907
Barcode 9780525576907
Published 23 April 2019 by Random House
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Epstein, Jennifer Cody
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ISBN-13 9780525576907
ISBN-10 0525576908
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Random House
Imprint Crown Publishing Group, Division of Random House I
Publication Date 23 April 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Epstein, Jennifer Cody
Category Historical Fiction
Number of Pages 448
Dimensions Width: 156mm
Height: 235mm
Spine: 29mm
Weight 721g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Germany - Fiction - History - 1933-1945, East Village New York, NY - Fiction - History - 20th century
NBS Text Historical & Mythological Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 813.6
Catalogue Code 965329

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An intimate portrait of a friendship severed by history, and a sweeping saga of wartime, motherhood, and legacy by an award-winning novelist 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.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Not only an original and searing investigation into the seductive and terrifying world of Hitler's National Socialist movement and its aftermath, but also a suspenseful and profoundly moving story of love, hate, passion and devotion. --Joanna Hershon

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Author's Bio

JENNIFER CODY EPSTEIN is the author of the international bestseller The Painter from Shanghai, and The Gods of Heavenly Punishment, and winner of the 2014 Asian Pacific Association of Librarians Honor award for outstanding fiction. She has written for The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Self, Mademoiselle, and many others. She has an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and an MA in international affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.

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