Leaf of the Tree

Finding the Divine in the Details

The years without men in them



A late-day light bird’s eye view of Munich’s Frauenkirche.

     A heartful of thanks to reader Faith Bowers for her reflective review of  The Munich Girl:
     “Phyllis Edgerly Ring is a wonderful story teller. She creates a story about Eva Braun, her friends, and the generation that survives WW2. At first you think that Eva is the main character in a historical fiction novel but there is much more.
     It is a women’s book. They are strong only when needed.  Eva and her friend, Peggy, seemed to be defined by the absence of their men throughout the historical period of WW2. We feel like there is truth in all that is written about their relationship.

Eva Braun and the companions with whom she spent the most time in her 16 years-in-waiting with Hitler.

Anna, Peggy’s daughter, becomes the main character, which is very well done. Though there is much foreshadowing, there are also surprises in the second half of the novel which makes it a much better story then I originally thought. I enjoyed the structure of the novel. I liked that back and forth between Peggy’s journal and current day… I also liked the different photos in front of each of the journal segments.

The men are mostly absent, just like in war, except for modern-day Hannes who supports and loves all of the women in his life. Ms. Ring’s goal was to share with us the experiences that Germans had during WW2 and this was accomplished through the many Munich women.”

Faith’s words reminded me of my aunt, who was in her early twenties during the war. Her face would still look forlorn nearly 70 years later when she’d remember, “Those were horrible years with no men in them.”

Faith also introduced me to a wonderful resource called Women’s Book Reviews:


Find more about The Munich Girl: A Novel of the Legacies that Outlast War here


2 thoughts on “The years without men in them

  1. I agree with Faith. This is a book worth reading for a different perspective on the Reich, and on “herstory.”

  2. Sounds very interesting.

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