Thursday, October 1, 2015

BLOG TOUR: The Girl From Krakow by Alex Rosenberg

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Book Information
Genre: Women’s Fiction/Thriller/Historical Fiction
  • Paperback: 452 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (September 1, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477830812
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477830819
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Synopsis: It’s 1935. Rita Feuerstahl comes to the university in Krakow intent on enjoying her freedom. But life has other things in store—marriage, a love affair, a child, all in the shadows of the oncoming war. When the war arrives, Rita is armed with a secret so enormous that it could cost the Allies everything, even as it gives her the will to live. She must find a way both to keep her secret and to survive amid the chaos of Europe at war. Living by her wits among the Germans as their conquests turn to defeat, she seeks a way to prevent the inevitable doom of Nazism from making her one of its last victims. Can her passion and resolve outlast the most powerful evil that Europe has ever seen?
In an epic saga that spans from Paris in the ’30s and Spain’s Civil War to Moscow, Warsaw, and the heart of Nazi Germany, The Girl from Krakow follows one woman’s battle for survival as entire nations are torn apart, never to be the same.
Review: Even though this is a work of fiction, it is an emotionally told story about the lives of Jews in Poland, and throughout Europe, before, during and after World War II.

I was not impressed by the inclusion of so much talk of the main character's sex life. It seemed as though she slept her way across Europe. Those details could have been omitted, and the story would not have suffered at all.

The last few pages were disappointing as well. The woman she had been throughout the book, the one whose only thought was for her own survival, would never have been that considerate of others, IMO.

I generally enjoy stories from this time period, but this one was a disappointment.

Rating: Three stars
About the author
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Alex Rosenberg is the R. Taylor Cole Professor and chair of the Department of Philosophy at Duke University and the codirector of the Duke Center for Philosophy of Biology. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.

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