Here are a few of their thoughtful questions, plus a link to the rest of the article:
BC: What motivated you to write such a book?
PR: When I reconnected with Germany as an adult after living there in the early 1960s, I wanted to understand more about its experience during WWII. I returned home and was given a biography of Eva Braun written by British-German writer Angela Lambert.
In order to understand Germany and the war, I needed to read more about Hitler and the Third Reich and Eva Braun seemed a likely point of entry. What I never expected was the deeper topics and themes that would arise when I got that close to Hitler’s living room.
BC: What message are you trying to convey to readers?
PR: At least two.
One is that there is a reality that transcends appearances, and we miss a lot of the truth because we don’t investigate it more completely.
This is also a story about outlasting that chaos and confusion of war and destruction by valuing, and believing in, the ultimate triumph of all of the good that we are willing to contribute to building together. Many Germans did this, though until recently, their stories have remained unknown.
The novel is also about the eventual homecoming we must all make to our truest self, and the role that others often mysteriously play in that process.
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