The Women in the Castle, the instant New York Times bestseller, is the novel to read with your book club in 2018. There is so much to discuss, from the post-war experiences of Germans and Russians to themes of guilt, redemption and forgiveness, making it one of our top picks for this year. We’re counting down the days until it goes on sale in paperback on January 2nd!
“If you love historical fiction, this is your must-read book: It’s captivating, fascinating, and reveals a new side of what it’s like to be a woman in wartime.”
The paperback edition features a deleted chapter from the manuscript that tells a story fans have been asking about since the hardcover release. Start reading the deleted chapter below and make sure to pre-order your paperback copy so you can read the rest as soon as it’s available.
February 13, 1945
People she loves always die on Ania’s birthday. She tells herself this is because she has an old soul. A strong soul, like a freight train, strong enough for the dead to hang on to. But now there are so many clinging to her they nearly bring her to a stop.
When the day begins, it promises to be a good one. They have reached Dresden, “Florence on the Elbe,” a city thought to be safe from Allied bombings on account of its lack of heavy industry, its International Red Cross station, its famous beauty and culture. People say Winston Churchill has a favorite aunt who lives here, or that the Allies are preserving its lovely Art Nouveau apartment houses, Baroque palaces, and spacious villas to become their capitol after the war. Who knows? In
any case, it is the city Ania has, for all these many miles, been walking toward.
The weather is fine—almost clear for the first time in weeks. When the sun flashes between the clouds, it is warm enough to feel on your cheeks. They stop and turn their faces upward, absorbing the rays like flowers storing up the sun.
The Women in the Castle is available in paperback on January 2nd. Visit us here for book club resources and more!