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New York, NY : William Morrow, An Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
594 pages ; 24 cm
9780062841100 (hardcover)
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Author Notes
Jennifer Chiaverini is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago. She used to be a writing instructor at Penn State University and Edgewood College. She is the author of the Elm Creek Quilts series and four volumes of quilt patterns inspired by her novels. She is also the designer of the Elm Creek Quilts fabric lines from Red Rooster Fabrics. Among her most recent works, is the New York Times bestselling novel, Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker. <p> (Publisher Provided) Jennifer Chiaverini is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago. She is an American quilter and author. Her books include the Elm Creek Quilts series as well as five collections of quilt patterns inspired by her novels. She designs the Elm Creek Quilts fabric lines from Red Rooster Fabrics. She was also a writing instructor at Penn State and Edgewood College. <p> Jennifer is also the author of bestselling novels Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker, The Spymistress and Mrs. Lincoln's Rival. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)
Fiction/Biography Profile
Mildred Fish Harnack (Female), Resistance leader, American, Married, Courageous, She and her friends waged a clandestine battle against the Nazis
Arvid Harnack (Male), Economist, German, Married, Husband of Mildred Fish Harnack
Husbands and wives
Resistance movements
Nazi Germany
World War II
Women in war
Berlin, Germany - Europe
Time Period
1930s-1940s -- 20th century
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  Library Journal Review

The latest from Chiaverini ("Elm Creek Quilt" series) follows four women-two American, two German-from the dawn of the Nazi regime in Germany to the end of World War II. All of them have a chance to leave at some point, but they choose to stay and help the Resistance, hoping to see their beloved Germany released from the tyranny of Hitler's rule. The author draws a detailed picture of the time and place, from countryside picnics and salons filled with the brightest lights of Germany's literary and artistic communities to the terror of running for your life and experiencing the horrors of the concentration camps. No one will escape whole; some will not escape at all. VERDICT Readers who value historical accuracy will definitely find it here. Skilled storyteller Chiaverini once again offers a compelling read based on real-life events and people. Even those not usually drawn to historical fiction will find this hard to put down. [See Prepub Alert, 11/19/18.]-Pamela O'Sullivan, Coll. at Brockport Lib., SUNY © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Chiavernini (Mr. Lincoln's Dressmaker) offers an intimate and historically sound exploration of the years leading up to and through WWII. At this novel's center, four women-Mildred Fish, Greta Kuckoff, Sara Weitz, and Martha Dodd-do what they can to help the resistance in Germany. Aspiring author Greta and Sara, a Jewish student of literature, are German nationals; Mildred is an American who married her college sweetheart, German writer/economist Arvid Harnack; and Martha Dodd is the daughter of the American ambassador to Germany. Together, they work to fight the malevolent rise of fascism and risk their lives by pursuing their activities even when under close Gestapo observation, and refusing to expose one another despite torture. Their connections are helpful: Arvid gains information in his position as an economist with the Germans; Mildred, Greta, and Sara find resistance fighters who can pass on information; and while Martha remains in the country, she's able to contribute through her connections as the daughter of an ambassador. This fictionalized version of real-life heroes is told with prose that ranges from forthright to eloquent, and the focus on the road to war and evolving attitudes regarding fascism and Nazism is exceptionally insightful, making for a sweeping and memorable WWII novel. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

  Booklist Review

Beloved historical novelist Chiaverini (Enchantress of Numbers, 2017) fictionalizes the true story of an American expatriate in 1930s Germany who formed a resistance cell committed to bringing down Hitler's regime from within. Mildred Fish meets German economist Arvid Harnack when both are graduate students in her native Wisconsin. The couple begins married life in Berlin as part of a lively circle of intellectuals, including German scholars Greta Kuckhoff and Sara Weitz and the American ambassador's daughter, Martha Dodd. The group watches in alarm as the Nazi party gains popularity, and the rights of German Jews like Sara are steadily stripped away. Avowed antifascists, the women join forces to gather intelligence from journalists, military officers, and government officials for their American and Soviet contacts, risking their lives and those of their families and neighbors. This tale is dense with historical detail, but Chiaverini never loses her focus on her four extraordinarily courageous, resourceful, yet relatable narrators. Chiaverini's many fans and every historical fiction reader who enjoys strong female characters, will find much to love in this revealing WWII novel.--Lindsay Harmon Copyright 2019 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

From the end days of the Weimar Republic through the rise of Hitler and the atrocities of World War II, four women boldly defy the Nazis, risking their own lives and those of their loved ones.Chiaverini's (Enchantress of Numbers, 2017, etc.) latest historical novel masterfully reimagines the real lives of Mildred Fish Harnack, an American who moves to Berlin to pursue her doctoral degree in American Literature and reunite with her German husband, Arvid; Greta Lorke, a German woman returning from studying abroad at the University of Wisconsin, hoping to make her mark as a writer in the theater world; and Martha Dodd, the politically nave daughter of the newly appointed American Ambassador to Germany. Linking these women together with the fictional character of Sara Weitz, a Jewish student of American literature, Chiaverini spins a fascinating web of relationships. As the Nazis place increasingly severe restrictions on non-Aryans, Arvid's cousin Dietrich Bonhoeffer is surveilled for speaking out against the regime, and Mildred finds employment difficult to get, while the jobs that do exist require loyalty oaths to the Nazi Party. Meanwhile, Greta has found love with Adam Kuckhoff, an influential dramaturge with a complicated marital status, and Martha recklessly toys with the affections of both high-ranking Nazi and Soviet officials. The second daughter in the Weitz family to choose a gentile fiance, Sara discovers the anti-Semitism lurking in the hearts of complacent Germans, forcing her to rethink her marriage plans. All four women and their partners find themselves drawn into an underground espionage networklater dubbed the Rote Kapelle by the Nazisgathering intelligence and connecting with communist cells seeking to destroy the Third Reich. But a single, careless radio transmission could cast everyone into the clutches of the enemy.A riveting, complex tale of the courage of ordinary people. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
<p>One of BookBub's best historical novels of the year and Oprah magazine's buzziest books of the month.</p> <p>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.<br> <br> <br> <br> 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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p>
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