This elegant, haunting novel from the award-winning author of In The Cut and The Whiteness of Bones, set in Germany on the eve of the Second World War, is the story of one woman's journey of self-discovery as a continent collapses into darkness. Beatrice, a young Irish Protestant lace maker, finds herself at the center of a fairy tale, whisked away from her humdrum life by a mysterious countess to join the Berlin household of the Metzenburgs, an enchanting, aristocratic couple whose vast holdings of art include a priceless collection of lace. But as Beatrice is introduced to the highly rarified world of affluence and art collecting, the greater drama of Germany's aggression begins to overshadow it. Retreating with Beatrice to their country estate, the Metzenburgs do their best to ignore the encroaching war, until the realities of hunger and illness, as well as the even graver dangers of Nazi terror-the deportation and murder of Jews, hordes of refugees fleeing the advancing Red Army-begin to threaten their very existence. While the Metzenburgs become the virtual lord and lady of a growing population of men and women in hiding, Beatrice, increasingly attached to the family and its unlikely wartime community, bears heartrending witness to the atrocities of the age.
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"In 1938, Beatrice dreams of escaping her provincial Irish village and her emotionally distant parents. When given the chance to move to Berlin to work for the wealthy Metzenburgs, she leaves almost immediately, staying in Germany for the duration of the war. Cassandra Campbell narrates with a girlish Irish lilt, which perfectly projects Beatrice's naivete when she escapes to the Continent and is awestruck by the lives of the rich. Unfortunately, as the deprivations and shocking realities of war build up, Campbell's performance maintains its air of innocence, a tone that fails to reflect Beatrice's maturation and exposure to brutality. Although Campbell's strong characterizations and realistic accents augment the listener's connection to the story, her Irish inflections are uneven, causing Beatrice's lilt to fade in and out. C.B.L. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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