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About the author:
Erika Madden was born and raised in Mainbernheim, Germany, and moved to the United States as a young woman.
She fell in love with the Pacific Northwest. She married and raised her family in Seattle. When her husband retired, they moved to Camano Island, Washington, where she pursued her passion for writing.
After writing several short stories about her childhood experiences during World War II, Erika's fellow writers urged her to compile the stories into one novel, YEAR OF THE ANGELS.
Erika is a member of the Stanwood/Camano Hard-Nosed Zealots Critique Group and regularly attends the annual Write on the Sound writers' conference in Edmonds.
Year of the Angels
With World War II raging in the mid-1940s, ten year old Lisl and her younger brother Dieter find joy and magic in unexpected places. Through imagination and make-believe they escape the hate and horrors of Hitler's reign. The quarry near their home is their secret hideout; they fantasize about prehistoric treasures and dream of better times while digging for petrified seashells.
Food, heating fuel, clothing and safety are scarce, but like the high stone wall around her town in Germany, the strong family bond of a courageous mother and four siblings offers Lisl protection. Through air raid and artillery attacks, the family endures the war's last five months.
Survival is uncertain as enemy forces surround and then occupy their town of Mainbernheim in April of 1945. Lisl and Dieter meet the dreaded enemy; they discover the frightening monsters they had envisioned are only human. Their interactions lead to confusing encounters-some heartwarming and humorous, others ugly and hateful.
Lisl is forced to face reality when her father returns from fighting on the Russian front. He is a broken man plagued by survivor's guilt. As his unpredictable behavior threatens to tear the family apart, Lisl feels a different kind of war has invaded their home.
The author's childhood experiences during World War II inspired this moving story as seen through the eyes of young Lisl.
- Publication Date:
- 1460937546 / 9781460937549
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 5.5" x 8.5"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Fiction / Historical / General