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Breckenridge Public Library BIN (Text) 33500013285200 New Available -
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  • ISBN: 9781635574678
  • ISBN: 1635574676
  • ISBN: 1526616726
  • ISBN: 9781526616722
  • Physical Description: 1 volume ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2020.

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"In 1945, as the war in Germany nears its violent end, the Huber family is not yet free of its dangers or its insidious demands. Etta, a mother from a small, rural town, has two sons serving their home country: her elder, Max, on the Eastern front, and her younger, Georg, at a school for Hitler Youth. When Max returns from the front, Etta quickly realizes that something is not right-he is thin, almost ghostly, and behaving very strangely. Etta strives to protect him from the Nazi rule, even as her husband, Josef, becomes more nationalistic and impervious to Max's condition. Meanwhile, miles away, her younger son Georg has taken his fate into his own hands, deserting his young class of battle-bound soldiers to set off on a long and perilous journey home. The Vanishing Sky is a World War II novel as seen through a German lens, a story of the irreparable damage of war on the home front, and one family's participation-involuntary, unseen, or direct-in a dangerous regime. Drawing inspiration from her own father's time in the Hitler Youth, L. Annette Binder has crafted a spellbinding novel about the daring choices we make for country and for family"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 May #2
    In 1945, with WWII entering its final stage, Max returns from the front to his home in a small German town. He is nothing like the laughing boy his mother, Etta, remembers: he behaves strangely, going for long walks, visiting the cemetery, and saying things that seem to make no sense. Soon, Etta shifts from relief that her son is home to fear that he will be taken from her. Her husband, preoccupied with radio reports as the desperate army reaches for old men and boys to fill its ranks, is no help. Meanwhile, Etta's younger son, Georg, is sent from a school for Hitler Youth to work with his classmates at digging out from the rubble after bombings. But as he witnesses the horrors of a nation on the brink of complete devastation as the war nears its end, Georg will choose a dangerous new course in his own quest to return home. This stark accounting of the personal damage inflicted by war draws its power from its homey details, as one family's life is blown apart. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

L. Annette Binder was born in Germany and immigrated to the U.S. as a small child. She holds degrees in classics and law from Harvard, an MA in comparative literature from the University of California at Berkeley, and an MFA from the Program in Writing at the University of California, Irvine. Her short fiction collection Rise received the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction. She lives in New Hampshire.

Subject: World War, 1939-1945 > Germany > Fiction.
Genre: Fiction.
Historical fiction.

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