BERLIN, 1931: Sisters raised in a Catholic orphanage, Berni and Grete Metzger are each other's whole world. That is, until life propels them to opposite sides of seedy, splendid, and violent Weimar Berlin. Berni becomes a cigarette girl, a denizen of the cabaret scene alongside her transgender best friend, who is considering a risky gender reassignment surgery. Meanwhile Grete is hired as a maid to a Nazi family, and begins to form a complicated bond with their son. As Germany barrels toward the Third Reich and ruin, one of the sisters must make a devastating choice. SOUTH CAROLINA, 1970: With the recent death of her father, Janeen Moore yearns to know more about her family history, especially the closely guarded story of her mother's youth in Germany. One day she intercepts a letter intended for her mother: a confession written by a German woman, a plea for forgiveness. What role does Janeen's mother play in this story, and why does she seem so distressed by recent news that a former SS officer has resurfaced in America?Fraulein M. abounds with hidden identities and family secrets. With its multilayered exploration of family ties, hard choices, and the weight of history in our lives, the novel shines light on a brilliant new voice."...
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Fraulein M. Reviews
After five years of writing and a three-year agent/publisher search, I feel very fortunate to be able to introduce you to Berni, Grete, and Anita. Enjoy--I look forward to hearing your thoughts!
A riveting debut novel that should be at the top of your to-read list! As the Dept. of Homeland Security has been ordered to track and publish crimes committed by unauthorized immigrants and cries of “fake news” dominate present-day headlines, reading Fraulein M. in the context of our current American political climate was captivating, enlightening, and unsettling. From the waning progressive years of the Weimar Republic to the rise of conservative Nazism, the struggles of Berni and Grete, two o ...more
A very well write debut novel. Highly recommend!
Once upon a time there were two girls living in a Catholic orphanage in Berlin. The girls Berni and Grete are sisters. Berni is a rebel and Grete a frightened little girl with hearing loss. A chance encounter in a store brings them to the attention of Sonje Schmidt who comes to take the girls away. Twelve year old Berni jumps at the chance but nine year old Grete is frightened and gets left behind. At Sonje's Berni meets Anita, a transvestite. The girls work end up working together selling cigar ...more
Stunning In Scope - A Must-Read
The author sets out with what begins as a compelling, yet simple story of 2 sisters in a 1930's German orphanage. Berni and Grete are both well-written from the outset and they cling to each other through the harshest of circumstances.
They leave the orphanage during the Nazi rise to power. The author does an outstanding job of painting the time. We see not just rampant poverty and unemployment, but also the avant-garde social ideals regarding homosexuality, gender ...more
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This is a gorgeously-written, compelling book about Nazi Germany and the complicated bonds of family. Rich with historical details, Caroline Woods has created an immersive setting. And she explores issues that I don't generally see in WWII fiction, such as the treatment of transgender people by the Nazis.
In the current political climate, between debates over trans rights and what's going on in the states, this book is even more poi ...more
Excellent book. There was never a boring page. This is a kind of novel that you would like to slow down in your reading as every word is used properly to make the whole story right. A powerful and incredibly moving novel, that once read is never forgotten. I picked this book up partly due to my interest in WWII and I can't rate this book more highly.
I've read a lot of WWII historical fiction and they all start to blend together after awhile, but this one stands out; it comes from a different angle and is incredibly engaging. I picked it up on a snowy afternoon then ended up staying awake until 2am so I could finish it! I love historical books that jump to present time (or near-present time in this case) and I appreciate that the author didn't just tie it up in a bow at the end but rather went a step further and gave us a little bit more of ...more