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City of Women Who do you trust, who do you love, and who can be saved It isthe height of the Second World War and Berlin has essentially become a city of womenSigrid Schr der is, for all intents and purposes, the model German soldier s wife She goes to work every day, does as much with her rations as she can, and dutifully cares for her meddling mother in law, all the while ignoring the horrific immoralities of the regime But behind this fa ade is an entirely different Sigrid, a woman who dreams of her former lover, now lost in the chaos of the war Her lover is a JewBut Sigrid is not the only one with secrets A high ranking SS officer and his family move down the hall and Sigrid finds herself pulled into their orbit A young woman doing her duty year is out of excuses before Sigrid can even ask her any questions And then there s the blind man selling pencils on the corner, whose eyes Sigrid can feel following her from behind the darkness of his gogglesSoon Sigrid is embroiled in a world she knew nothing about, and as her eyes open to the reality around her, the carefully constructed fortress of solitude she has built over the years begins to collapse She must choose to act on what is right and what is wrong, and what falls somewhere in the shadows between the two In this page turning novel, David Gillham explores what happens to ordinary people thrust into extraordinary times, and how the choices they make can be the difference between life and death

10 thoughts on “City of Women

  1. Stephen King Stephen King says:

    The city is Berlin, 1943, and the woman we care about is Sigrid, whose husband is fighting on the eastern front Sigrid is seduced by two very different men the sex in this book is hot hot hot , but the real seduction involves her reluctant participation in a scheme to ferry Jews to safety You haven t experienced such gray skies since season 1 of The Killing,

  2. Nancy Oakes Nancy Oakes says:

    I m afraid I didn t care for this book all that much, but the setting atmosphere, sense of place time was so well evoked that I can t totally write it off I know people are really in love with this novel, and once again I m swimming against the current of public opinion here because it just didn t do that much for me In my long review I make the point that the

  3. Lisa Vegan Lisa Vegan says:

    4 starsI m struggling because I want to do this book justice but I am not in the mood to write a review I want to get something down though when everything is fairly fresh in my mind, because I loved this book.I read this as a buddy read with my Goodreads friend Diane, and also read it for my real world book club I ve been wanting to read this for ages, and I m

  4. Laura Laura says:

    This is another book where I seem to have the opposite opinion of pretty much everyone, and maybe I m crazy for hating this book, but hate it I do.Okay, first a disclaimer I in no way believe that a male author can not write brilliant female characters, or vice versa That said, in the case of this specific book, I don t think the male author can write a realisti

  5. Andrienne Andrienne says:

    I absolutely loved this book It was so layered the characters beautiful, flawed, believable the scenes unfolding like a brilliant movie not surprising since the author is an actor and screenwriter I stayed up until 5 a.m reading this book which doesn t happen often but it is the reason why I read I love books like this Sigrid is a great heroine, I rooted for her

  6. Chrissie Chrissie says:

    This book is perfect for those readers who want an intelligent thought provoking book filled with action, form the first page to the last It is filled with twists and turns and dead ends What you think you understand, well you probably don t You will by the end If you love the ride of such an adventure I highly recommend this book.The central theme, other than sim

  7. Daisy Daisy says:

    This is the third book in a row I ve read about Berlin in the late 1930s early 1940s before this Kino and before that All That I Am A Novel With every one, details accumulate to make this erapersonal,human, somehow realer to me This book has some good, sharp dialogue, especially between Sigrid and Ericha and when Sigrid meets Brigitte and Carin The plot is enthrall

  8. Laura Laura says:

    Sorry, just wan t for me Sigrid was unlikable in a harsh, cold way, the dialogue was stilted and the sex scenes were awkward, not even including the several times male characters got a kick out of placing Sigrid s hand on their erections Plus, and I m not sure here, but I think it might be a bit harder to have sex in a movie theater seat something involving very ski

  9. Kim Kim says:

    3.5 stars I m a sucker for historical fiction, especially about WWll This did not disappoint.

  10. Julie Christine Julie Christine says:

    There is no black or white in war, but the variations of gray are infinite With the protection of history and hindsight, we can sit at our remove and imagine how our moral compass would guide us through treacherous situations, but fiction well crafted fiction can offer three dimensional dilemma and nuance that our egos would deny.David Gillham s City of Women is just

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