The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

The Women in the Castle

Three women, haunted by the past and the secrets they holdSet at the end of World War II, in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society, a powerful and propulsive story of three widows whose lives and fates become intertwined an affecting, shocking, and ultimately redemptive novel from the author of the New York Times Notable Book The Hazards of Good Breeding.Amid the ashes of Nazi Germany s defeat, Marianne v...

Details The Women in the Castle

TitleThe Women in the Castle
Release DateJan 2nd, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, War, World War II, Cultural, Germany

Reviews The Women in the Castle

  • Will Byrnes
    Suddenly she saw everything in its harsh, naked state. She felt the pulse of the lives lived inside the mean little house she passed: selfish or generous, kind or unkind, ugly or tolerable, almost all of them sad. And she saw the histories of the people passing by like x-rays stamped on their faces—ugly, mutinous tracings of dark and light: a woman who had ratted out a neighbor, a man who had shot children, a soldier who had held his dying frie...
  • Elyse
    The storytelling grabs you IMMEDIATELY!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!This tour de force of historical imagination is set primarily in Germany before during and after WWII focusing on the lives of three women and their children. You'll meet Marianne, "The Commander of the wives and Children. Marianne was married to Albreht Von Lingenfels, from a long line of revered German Generals, who wanted to help bring Hitler to the court of law with the support of the ou...
  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    For all the horror of the official reports she and Albrecht had seen, with their language of "extermination" and "elimination," they could not come close to conjuring this. How could they? There was no point of reference. Later, such footage would come to be so familiar it became unseen-a kind of placeholder for human evil. The first black-and-white glimpse of barbed wire, dirt, and nakedness cautioned viewers, look away. But in this moment, in t...
  • Melissa
    *3.75-ish stars (rounded up)*The Women in the Castle is a riveting novel that hits home with the notion that sometimes it’s our shared experiences—no matter how horrific—rather than our strongly-held beliefs or common views of the world, that can bind us together and leave a lasting impression. Jessica Shattuck takes a different approach with her WWII story, opting to relay the devastation through the eyes of three distinct German women. Wo...
  • Pouting Always
    At the end of World War II Marianne von Lingenfels tracks down her childhood friend, Connie Flederman's son Martin and his wife Benita. Marianne had made Connie a promise to take care of his family if anything happened to him. Her husband Albrecht and Connie, as well as various others, had been a part of a plot to try and assassinate Hitler that fell through leading to their execution. Marianne feels responsible after promising her support to Alb...
  • Angela M
    I started reading this a couple of days after Holocaust Remembrance Day and on that day I thought about how it should be remembered more than on just one day each year . This is why I really believe that reading books about WWII and the Holocaust is so important. This book certainly made me remember the horrors of what happened during WWII , but this was from a perspective that we are not used to reading from. The war and what happened to so many...
  • Cheri
    !! NOW AVAILABLE !!The Women in the Castle begins with the Prologue at Burg Lingenfels, site of a Bavarian Castle. The year is 1938, setting a picture of the pre-war days, the Countess’s famous harvest party is being assembled, organized, and hosting this party is Marianne von Lingelfels, niece-in-law of the Countess, accompanied by her husband, Albrecht, her once-upon-a-time professor. Hosting the party was like setting up a civilization on th...
  • Dem
    Captivated initially by the premise and cover but disappointed in the historical detail delivered. This book just wasn't what I was hoping forSet at the end of World War II, in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society. This is the story of Three women haunted by the past and the secrets they holdI was really looking forward to a strong historical fiction novel with good character development and interesting ...
  • Diane S ☔
    Three women, Marianne, Benita and Ania, from different walks of life, but all have one thing in common. They have survived the holocaust, the plot to kill Hitler which took two of their husbands and for Ania, the evil in which she found herself involved. It is the immediate aftermath in Bavaria, of this terrible and horrific time, a promise made by Marianne will bring these women and their children together where they now must depend on each othe...
  • Norma
    I found this to be a dramatic and an uniquely told story that gave me a new understanding and a different perspective on this time period of World War II that I have never experienced before while reading a Historical Fiction novel.THE WOMEN IN THE CASTLE by JESSICA SHATTUCK is an intriguing, powerful, difficult, and thought-provoking read about the struggles and relationships of three widowed women.  Their lives and fates become intertwined by ...