The wish child / Catherine Chidgey.
It?s 1939. Two children watch as their parents become immersed in the puzzling mechanisms of power. Sieglinde lives in the affluent ignorance of middle-class Berlin, her father a censor who cuts prohibited words such as love and mercy out of books. Erich is an only child living a rural life near Leipzig, tending beehives, aware that he is shadowed by strange, unanswered questions. Drawn together as Germany's hope for a glorious future begins to collapse, the children find temporary refuge in an abandoned theatre amidst the rubble of Berlin. Outside, white bedsheets hang from windows; all over the city people are talking of surrender. The days Sieglinde and Erich spend together will shape the rest of their lives.
- ISBN: 9781784741105
- Physical Description: 383 pages ; 23 cm.
- Publisher: London Chatto & Windus, 2017.
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Ockham New Zealand Book Award, Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize Winner 2017.
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