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Jessica Shattuck

Author of The Women in the Castle: A Novel

4 Works 2,208 Members 143 Reviews 2 Favorited

Works by Jessica Shattuck

The Hazards of Good Breeding (2003) 194 copies
Perfect Life (2009) 71 copies
Last House: A Novel (2024) 9 copies

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Birthdate
20th century
Gender
female
Nationality
USA
Places of residence
Brookline, Massachusetts, USA

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Amazing book. One that will stay with me for years...Deserving of a 5
 
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aefsargent | 119 other reviews | Feb 6, 2024 |
Initially I didn't feel invested in the characters or story but kept going. Good thoughts of how we survive and judge others for how they survived.
 
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cathy.lemann | 119 other reviews | Mar 21, 2023 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
This was a book for our library book club. I enjoyed the story about women during WWII from Germany side. Most of the books I have read that are historical fiction are usually about the Polish, Jews, etc. Tis was the first one that I remember reading that took it from the German side and the resistance that could of happened or that did happen.

Marianne is the main character. She was a person that you could like and also dislike at the same time. There are certain things that she did and ways that she dealt with other women that made you question her ethics. She was sometimes very rigid in her decisions. Some of the other women like Benita and Aina had dealings with Marianne that made them question themselves.

The one thing I did not care for in this book was the way the chapters/sections went. You would read one chapter/section and be in 1938 and then the next chapter you are in 1945. Then go back to 1939. That made it hard at times to figure out what was happening or even confusing. The book was well written and kept my interest.
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Works
4
Members
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Rating
3.8
Reviews
143
ISBNs
44
Languages
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