Surviving the Fatherland (häftad)
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Format
Häftad (Paperback / softback)
Språk
Engelska
Antal sidor
374
Utgivningsdatum
2017-03-15
Förlag
Oppenlander Enterprises LLC
Illustrationer
12 Illustrations
Dimensioner
217 x 140 x 19 mm
Vikt
439 g
Antal komponenter
1
Komponenter
422:B&W 5.5 x 8.5 in or 216 x 140 mm (Demy 8vo) Perfect Bound on White w/Matte Lam
ISBN
9780997780048
Surviving the Fatherland (häftad)

Surviving the Fatherland

A True Coming-of-age Love Story Set in WWII Germany

Häftad Engelska, 2017-03-15
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Author Annette Oppenlander crafts a sweeping saga of family, love, and betrayal, using the epic panorama of WWII and illuminating an intimate part of history seldom seen: the children's war. Set against the backdrop of WWII Germany and spanning thirteen years from 1940 to 1953, SURVIVING THE FATHERLAND tells the true stories of a girl and a boy struggling with the terror-filled reality of life in the Third Reich, each embarking on their own dangerous path toward survival, freedom, and ultimately each other. Based on the author's own family and anchored in historical facts, this story celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the strength of war children. When her father goes off to war, seven-year-old Lilly is left with an unkind mother who favors her brother and chooses to ignore the lecherous pedophile next door. A few blocks away, twelve-year-old Günter also looses his father to the draft and quickly takes charge of supplementing his family's ever-dwindling rations by any means necessary. As the war escalates and bombs begin to rain, Lilly and Günter's lives spiral out of control. Every day is a fight for survival. On a quest for firewood, Lilly encounters a dying soldier and steals her father's last suit to help the man escape. Barely sixteen, Günter ignores his draft call and embarks as a fugitive on a harrowing 47-day ordeal-always just one step away from execution. When at last the war ends, Günter grapples with his brother's severe PTSD and the fact that none of his classmates survived. Welcoming denazification, Lilly takes a desperate step to rid herself once and for all of her disgusting neighbor's grip.When Lilly and Günter meet in 1949, their love affair is like any other. Or so it seems. But old wounds and secrets have a way of rising to the surface once more. An IWIC Hall of Fame novel.
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“this book needs to join the ranks of the classic survivor stories of wwii such as "diary of anne frank" and "man's search for meaning". it is truly that amazing!” InD'tale Magazine

“fast-paced and emotively worded and features a great selection of characters, flawed and poignantly three-dimensional.” Historical Novel Society

“...eye-opening and heartbreaking...” San Francisco Review of Books

“i would heartily recommend this book as an engrossing and well-researched story with two of the most engaging protagonists i've read for a while.” jessica brown for Discovering Diamonds - Independent Reviews of the Best in Historical Fiction

“i for one am glad she shared her story with us as it gives us a look at a different perspective from those who endured this tragic time in history. "surviving the fatherland" by annette oppenlander is highly recommended reading!” carol hoyer for Reader Views

“…simply beautiful.” Readers’ Favorite Book Award



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Annette Oppenlander is an award-winning writer, literary coach and educator. As a bestselling historical novelist, Oppenlander is known for her authentic characters and stories based on true events, coming alive in well-researched settings. Having lived in Germany the first half of her life and the second half in various parts in the U.S., Oppenlander inspires readers by illuminating story questions as relevant today as they were in the past. Oppenlander's bestselling true WWII story, Surviving the Fatherland, was elected to IWIC's Hall of Fame. Her historical time-travel trilogy, Escape from the Past, takes readers to the German Middle Ages and the Wild West. Uniquely, Oppenlander weaves actual historical figures and events into her plots, giving readers a flavor of true history while enjoying a good story. Oppenlander shares her knowledge through writing workshops at colleges, libraries and schools. She also offers vivid presentations and author visits. The mother of fraternal twins and a son, she lives with her husband and old mutt, Mocha, in Bloomington, Ind.