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Publisher Description

A sweeping story of survival during World War II

Amsterdam, May 1943. As the tulips bloom and the Nazis tighten their grip across the city, the last signs of Dutch resistance are being swept away. Marijke de Graaf and her husband are arrested and deported to different concentration camps in Germany. Marijke is given a terrible choice: to suffer a slow death in the labor camp or—for a chance at survival—to join the camp brothel.

On the other side of the barbed wire, SS officer Karl MŸller arrives at the camp hoping to live up to his father’s expectations of wartime glory. When he encounters the newly arrived Marijke, this meeting changes their lives forever.

Woven into the narrative across space and time is Luciano Wagner’s ordeal in 1977 Buenos Aires, during the heat of the Argentine Dirty War. In his struggle to endure military captivity, he searches for ways to resist from a prison cell he may never leave.

From the Netherlands to Germany to Argentina, The Dutch Wife braids together the stories of three individuals who share a dark secret and are entangled in two of the most oppressive reigns of terror in modern history. This is a novel about the blurred lines between love and lust, abuse and resistance, and right and wrong, as well as the capacity for ordinary people to persevere and do the unthinkable in extraordinary circumstances.

Fiction & Literature
September 4
Park Row Books
Harlequin Digital Sales Corporation

Customer Reviews

Sue Farrell ,

The Dutch Wife

The title is misleading. It is more the story of Mueller, what he did and what he lost. The irony of losing his son and having the son being gay is not lost on the reader.
Theo would have known about the prisoner brothel so I think her secret would have been found out.
For a first effort it was good but too many loose ends.

bitbybit-puttingittogether.. ,

The Dutch Wife

What a humongous waste of my time reading this book for my book club. One character, Luciano, was inserted for nothing more than sado masochism. You find there’s a tie in to another character in the final pages, but there’s no clarity as to what that relationship is. The lovers get together in the end like any true soap opera, but she’s probably going to spend the rest of her life dreaming about her perfect Aryan lover. The whole thing is just a depressing diatribe not worthy of the paper on which it is written.

NWbworm ,

The Dutch Wife

I hope you didn’t read the last review. It is a spoiler. I couldn’t put this book down. It gives the reader a great insight into life behind the barbed wire of a concentration camp, as well as developing the changes in a naive young man as he lost most, but not all, of his compassion. The title is a bit deceiving but it caught my eye at a bookstore and I’m glad it did. I recommend the Dutch Wife.

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