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Wunderland
Wunderland: A Novel | Jennifer Cody Epstein
An intimate portrait of a friendship severed by history, and a sweeping saga of wartime, motherhood, and legacy by an award-winning novelist It's 1989 in New York City and Ava Fischer is a mess: she's broke, her teenage daughter is barely speaking to her, and her estranged mother's ashes have just arrived from Germany by mail. Things were never easy between Ava and her mother, Ilse. Throughout Ava's childhood in Germany, first in an orphanage after WWII and then in Ilse's care, too many unspoken secrets hovered between them: Who was Ava's father? Why won't her mother tell her anything about him? And what exactly was Ilse doing during the war? In a trove of unsent letters that arrive with Ilse's ashes, written to Ilse's childhood best friend, Renate, Ava begins to find her answers, sending her spiraling deep into the past of the mother she never truly knew. It's 1933 in Berlin. Two young girls, Renate and Ilse, meet at school and become inseparable friends. Bonded by their mutual bookishness, Ilse is the confident mischief-maker to Renate's brainy klutz. But as the Nazi party tightens its grip on the city, the two girls find their friendship torn apart by the Nuremberg Laws. As Ilse is increasingly drawn in by the Hitler Youth movement and its promise of a Germany restored to greatness, Renate is forced to confront a family secret long since buried, and leaving one friend catastrophically betrayed by the other, with reverberations that will be felt for generations to come.
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DebReads4fun
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How did so many of Germany‘s young people get caught up in supporting Hitler and his agenda? Reading this book has helped me to understand. So much was done for the sake of party loyalty. Lives were ruined and relationships were destroyed. The line between good and evil was not only blurred, but obliterated. This book told skillfully woven together stories of people just wanting to belong and others just wanting to survive. So very well done!

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beccamlvn
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This book is why I read.
Just... Wow.

Friendship and tragedy, love and lies... tragic. Stunning. Raw. Confrontational. Beautiful. Eloquent. Outstanding.

I'm... speechless. I can't find the words that will do it justice. If I ever find them, I won't be able to sing this book's praises enough!!

Just... wow.

#pulledanallnighterforthisbook #worthit

scowler1 Well I have to read it after that review! 1w
beccamlvn @scowler1 let me know what you think of it whenever you get around to reading it! I'm doing to talk about it with someone ha 1w
beccamlvn *dying 1w
scowler1 @beccamlvn On order at the library, #17 in the queue ☹️ 1w
beccamlvn @scowler1 ahhh I got lucky and was one of the first to get access to the ebook from my library. 1w
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beccamlvn
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2 posts in one day, oops! But I can't help it! It's just such a lovely day outside, how can I not share my joy?

It's a porch reading kinda day! At 68°F with partly cloudy blue skies and lots of sunshine, my heart is just bursting after so many days filled with rain and grey skies and blahhhhh. It's going to get hotter in the coming days so I am taking full advantage of this perfect day.

Happy reading, my friends!

BooknerdsLife Happy reading 🙌🏼📚 1w
Angitron Sounds absolutely perfect! 1w
DebReads4fun Are you enjoying this book? I am currently reading it too. 1w
beccamlvn @DebReads4fun I'm loving it! I can barely put it down! It's so raw and vulnerable, extremely well done! 1w
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Zbayardo
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Another side of the WWII story I love to read so much. A story of friendship tested and torn apart due to blind allegiance. This read really takes you into the Nazi party brainwashing of the youth using fear mongering and the degrading of an entire group. But it also tells the story that not everything is so black and white. There are so many colors to the same story and the same character and hate is a powerful contaminant to all sides.

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sophierayton
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I think it's important to see things from other people's perspectives, which this book did, but in my opinion it wasn't executed very well and was quite confusing at times. Also, the Alice in Wonderland link was so tenuous it might as well not have been there.

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Lauren.Archer
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I have heard wonderful things about this one.

JenReadsAlot I loved it! 3w
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DarcysMom
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#Netgalley

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DarcysMom
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Bakingbookworm
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4.5 STARS - A revealing & poignant Historical Fiction read about a complicated friendship during the harsh realities of WWII. Lots of good topics for book clubs.

Full review: http://bit.ly/2PkkiUm

Look for it April 23. Thanks to @Crownpublishing for my advanced copy.

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Samplergal
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I started this tonight as it‘s being published soon. #arc. So far it‘s really good.

Melissa_J This sounds good. I really liked 1mo
JenReadsAlot I loved it!! 1mo
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ReadingSusan
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Wow this book was not an easy read. I read a lot of books about WWII but this one felt so much more personal than a lot of books. It was quite devastating. Ilse‘s POV made me feel ill with her justifications and reasoning. I liked how it skipped around through POV and years. This book was really well-written and captivating.

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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JenReadsAlot
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This book was amazing. Painful story of friendship during the Nazi rise in Germany. Highly recommended! #arc #netgalley

LaraReads This looks excellent! 2mo
JenReadsAlot @LaraReads I hope you enjoy it! 2mo
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quirkyreader
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I think this is going to be one of the best books of 2019. Here is the link to my gr review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2727045727

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quirkyreader
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Thank you @Crownpublishing @PenguinRandomCa @penguinrandomhouse @penguinusa for this ARC. I can‘t wait to dive in.

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quirkyreader
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This is my latest ARC. Thank you @Crownpublishing @PenguinRandomCa @penguinrandomhouse @penguinusa for this one. I can‘t wait to dive in.

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Rhondareads
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Lovely cover a story line that is drawing me in sounds perfect to climb into my reading chair& sail into this book. @Crownpublishing

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LeafingThroughLife
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Got some exciting book mail today. I enjoyed The Painter from Shanghai, so I‘m looking forward to this new one from Jennifer Cody Epstein! #bookmail

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ChrisBohjalian
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Really excited to have found this in my galley mail. New novel moving back and forth in time between Nazi Germany and Manhattan four decades later from the preternaturally talented Jennifer Cody Epstein. On sale in April from @Crownpublishing

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