I felt so many things with this book. While Fowler's more recent book, A Good Neighborhood, is completely different than this, her first book, both show her skill for stripping her characters down and laying bare all the things that makes them human, warts and all.
If you knew the date you were going to die, how would that inform your life choices? And would you die that day because of those life choices, making it a self-fulfilling prophecy, or would you have died that day regardless?
I had two different quotes that kept popping into my head while reading this book. The first, from Edmond Burke, is: "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men should do nothing." The other, from a YA Fantasy series I enjoyed, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor: "It is a condition of monsters that they do not perceive themselves as such. The dragon, you know, hunkered in the village devouring maidens, heard the townsfolk cry 'Monster!' and looked behind him."
This book actually reminded me a little bit of To Kill a Mockingbird – the writing, the Southern setting, the pacing, the court case, the prejudice, but particularly the court case.
A chronicle of Lale Sokolov's experiences as the tattooist of Auschwitz, as he risked his life to help others survive and fell in love during the bleakest of circumstances.
Divided loyalties and deadly secrets are taking their toll on the daughter of the house where enemy soldiers are housed. But as her prejudice disappears and she falls for the enemy, their love story ends tragically, or does it?
From critically acclaimed author Stephen P. Kiernan, The Baker's Secret delves into finding hope under the bleakest of circumstances in this WWII historical fiction.
Hauntingly beautiful, achingly tragic. That’s how I would describe the tale that Kate Morton wove for us in The Clockmaker’s Daughter.