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David Gillham at the Ivy Bookshop

The author of Slate Magazine's "Most Overlooked Book of 2012," David Gillham is appearing at the Ivy Bookshop to talk about The CIty of Women, a work of historical fiction about the wife of a German soldier during World War II.


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Venue: Ivy Bookshop
Address: 6080 Falls Road
Phone: (410) 377-2966

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From Heller to Vonnegut, most wartime literature is written about a male soldier, broken and disillusioned. But David R. Gillham explores the lives of women back home in his debut novel, City of Women. In 1943, World War II left Berlin in the hands of women. Sigrid Schröder, the ideal soldier’s wife, goes to work, follows rations, and willfully ignores the atrocities committed by the regime. But underneath it all, she yearns to live. While attending to her mother-in-law, Sigrid dreams about her former lover, a Jewish man taken by the war. As she tries to blend into the shadow of routine, she meets the wife of an SS officer, a blind man selling pencils in the corner, and a young woman on her duty-year—all of whom chip away at her facade of ignorant bliss. He writes about “ordinary people thrust into extraordinary times” and how their small choices affect those around them. Gillham discusses his novel tonight at the Ivy Bookshop.(Michael Reyes)



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