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The Dutch Wife

Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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A sweeping story of love and 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 Müller 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.

©2018 Ellen Keith (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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To be honest if the narrative wasn't as good I may have dumped it. The story had flaws in it. Where was the Buenos connection? I did close off the violence then was the brothel for prisoners as well as SS! The cover was beautiful and audio not much else

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  • 11-01-19

I had goosebumps at the end

Just finished listening to this for the Book Club I am in. A look at the forgotten casualties of war and the far reaching repercussions. What would you choose to do in order to survive in untenable circumstances. Prisons within and without and freedom. I had goosebumps at the ending.