Resistance Women

Resistance Women

A Novel

Book - 2019
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After Wisconsin graduate student Mildred Fish marries brilliant German economist Arvid Harnack, she accompanies him to his German homeland, where a promising future awaits. In the thriving intellectual culture of 1930s Berlin, the newlyweds create a rich new life filled with love, friendships, and rewarding work, but the rise of a malevolent new political faction inexorably changes their fate. As Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party wield violence and lies to seize power, Mildred, Arvid, and their friends resolve to resist. Mildred gathers intelligence for her American contacts, including Martha Dodd, the vivacious and very modern daughter of the US ambassador. Her German friends, aspiring author Greta Kuckoff and literature student Sara Weiss, risk their lives to collect information from journalists, military officers, and officials within the highest levels of the Nazi regime.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, [2019]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062841100
Branch Call Number: CHI
Characteristics: 594 pages ; 24 cm


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Sep 06, 2020

This a great complement to Hannah's "Nightingale," with the significant difference this is a fictionalized account of actual events and actual people (well, almost all). This was engrossing, as it tracked events from early days in the Weimar Republic through the end of the war and a few months later. This was one of our project books and we kept bumping into real people and real places as we read. Do yourself a favor, though. Do not Google any of these people unless you really enjoy spoilers.
Her reflections concerning the 1936 Games were interesting. It was difficult to watch the creeping authoritarianism, the abandonment of moral standards, the xenophobia, without reflecting on the current state of our democracy.

Aug 16, 2020

Recommended by ELR

Jan 29, 2020

Modern Mrs Darcy

Martha C Benner
Oct 23, 2019

Loved this book. Had trouble putting it down once I got started. Fiction that seems so true from what I have read about history and the Nazis.

Oct 12, 2019

I found this book a bit slow to begin but it certainly outlined the historical details well. I have not read another book that provides such a true historical representation of this horrific period in history.

Oct 11, 2019

2019; William Morrow/HarperCollins Canada

I love books set in 1930s and 40s, especially with WWII as a backdrop. I am a huge history buff so I love absorbing as much as I can about that era. (Let's be real, I enjoy many eras). I am also interested in women, and women of colour, during those time periods. Recently, there seems to be an explosion of books set in WWII with the same kind of plot -women, spies, Europe. I sometimes get into a genre kick, and read several books in that genre. I am looking for something unique that makes that book special, or standout. I have kind of started to burnout on WWII novels. I know, isn't Resistance Women set in WWII, with women and spies in Europe??? And, wait I gave it 4.5 stars?

I have read most of Chiaverini's standalone novels, so I had to request this book despite the synopsis. I went with the audiobook to give it a better chance. Aaaaaand, yay, I loved this book. Many of the characters are real historical people. I love that you can do further research, yet get the full story. Chiaverini is a rock star for research and really taking the reader there in that time and place. I have had hit or misses with her novels as her descriptions can drag the story/plot. In this novel, I felt like her pacing was a bit tighter so that the plot and characters could shine. It is a slow burn but I still felt the suspense with the resistance group. I would recommend this novel, but totally understand if you are feeling burnout with WWII novels.

***I received an eARC from EDELWEISS***

Sep 20, 2019

Chiaverini is one of my favorite authors from her Elm Creek Quilts series, but since it ended she has written many interesting works of historical fiction. This examination of women in Nazi Germany before and during WWII does not disappoint.

Sep 15, 2019

I have read many books this year with the WWI theme, many focusing round the resistance. I wanted to like this book but less than a quarter of the way through I was thoroughly bored and basically skimmed the rest of the book, hoping it would get more interesting but never did. It read like a list of facts and I found it quite disjointed and much more like a non-fiction book that could have read as a thesis paper. There was a lot of wonderful history covered in the book but felt it dwelt on facts and very little character development.

Jul 23, 2019

I've read many of Chiaverini's books and this one does not disappoint! As stated by another reviewer the parallels between Germany during the Hitler era and the political climate of isolationism and hatred of anyone of a different race or culture is startling! Such a brave group of people of whom we hear little about. The comment that we don't know much about the resistance movement within Germany is likely a bit unfair-my thoughts is that they were likely silenced before their stories could be told.

Jun 29, 2019

I read many books each year on WWII, both fiction and non-fiction. Unfortunately a lot of fiction about the subject have very poor historical research and contain many glaring errors. This is definitely not the case with Resistance Women. This historical basis is sound. The book is, of course, a novel, but covers a little talked about subject, namely resistance by Germans within the country. We know of several plots to kill Hitler that failed and resulted in the deaths of most the planners. There were, however, cells within Germany that sought to undermine Hitler. This book concerns probably the most famous one. Ms. Chiaverini creates such great characters that the reader becomes completely invested in their fates. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and highly recommend it. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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