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Publisher Description

A deeply moving and masterfully written story of human resilience and enduring love, The Plum Tree follows a young German woman through the chaos of World War II and its aftermath.
“Bloom where you’re planted,” is the advice Christine Bölz receives from her beloved Oma. But seventeen-year-old domestic Christine knows there is a whole world waiting beyond her small German village. It’s a world she’s begun to glimpse through music, books—and through Isaac Bauerman, the cultured son of the wealthy Jewish family she works for.
Yet the future she and Isaac dream of sharing faces greater challenges than their difference in stations. In the fall of 1938, Germany is changing rapidly under Hitler’s regime. Anti-Jewish posters are everywhere, dissenting talk is silenced, and a new law forbids Christine from returning to her job—and from having any relationship with Isaac. In the months and years that follow, Christine will confront the Gestapo’s wrath and the horrors of Dachau, desperate to be with the man she loves, to survive—and finally, to speak out. 
“Wiseman eschews the genre’s usual military conflicts of daily life during wartime, lending an intimate and compelling poignancy to this intriguing debut.”
—Publishers Weekly
“Ellen Marie Wiseman weaves a story of intrigue, terror, and love from a perspective not often seen in Holocaust novels.”
—Jewish Book World

Fiction & Literature
January 1
Kensington Books
Kensington Publishing Corp.

Customer Reviews

Khttu ,

Must Read

Having visited Dachau I was looking for a book that would take me back in time to understand how life was like then. This book did that for me in a way that brought family, love, and the awful experiences of war and the Holocaust together.

Bunbun36 ,

Invention of Wings

Grabs you from the first page and doesn't let go!! I've read many books on the holocost but never from the perspective of the German citizens. Gives you a whole new insight!! Very good book!!! I learned a lot!!

S Walton ,

The Plum Tree

This is a wonderful story about a terrible time in history and a time that should never be forgotten...

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