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Brownie points




I am delighted that The Munich Girl is featured this month in the kick-off of book reviewer Anne’s Indie Month at her highly creative Inked Brownies blog.


In reflecting about the novel, Anne touched on one of the story’s main thematic intentions, quoting thoughts of character Eva Braun’s as she keeps her friend company on a train during one very dark night of the soul: 10846002_10203363939206472_3788798479688539486_n

One could look at another’s life and judge or envy what it seemed to show. But things were almost always more complex than they appeared.


I had a great time responding to her thoughtful questions, two of which I’ll share here, then link to her outstanding post–more of an article, really–for which I express my grateful appreciation.

Egaes Nest Hitler House - 020Inked Brownies: Why did you choose to let the present part of the story take place in 1995? 

PER: This benchmark, 50 years after the end of the war, represents a turning point for humanity, I think. How willing were we, are we, to go back and look more deeply at what had been left behind, unrecognized and unresolved, in that immense, human-initiated catastrophe? But also, the year 1995 is already “historical” in fiction’s terms, because it is about from that point that the technology of the virtual world began to assert itself in human life, rendering a very different human experience in our world today. To the extent that this material advancement isn’t matched by the development of inner-life values and compassionate, united perspective, I think we wreak havoc and suffering still.

munichgirl_card_frontInked Brownies: Are you going to write another book and, if so, what can we expect of it?

PER: Inevitably, my next book is likely to be a memoir-style reflection about where this novel has led me. It is certainly not what I would ever have predicted or expected, and there are experiences that I’m probably never going to be able to understand, let alone explain. Many of them relate to the lives of the two other individuals in the story  who actually lived (and died) in wartime Germany and made very courageous contributions: writer and artist Erich Mühsam and a Jesuit priest, Father Alfred Delp, who aided the Resistance.


Find Anne’s Inked Brownies post (with some pretty curious illustrations and embellishments) at:


3 thoughts on “Brownie points

  1. This is an interesting and thought-provoking take on your book, Phyllis. Thank you. Nancy

  2. “Munich Girl” is a good, satisfying read. If anything about the Nazis can be “satisfying.” It explores the depths of the human heart and experience. I can well believe it inspired a memoir, Phyllis. These are things we think about, or should.

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