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Women, war, and the secrets we keep

Reader and author Ginny Towler has given The Munich Girl the kind of insightful and engaged review at Goodreads a writer can only dream of.

Also, a Giveaway for print copies of The Munich Girl: A Novel of the Legacies That Outlast War is up at Goodreads through May 25 (link below).

Ginny’s kind words:

goodreads_icon_100x100-4a7d81b31d932cfc0be621ee15a14e70     “Phyllis Ring’s writing conjures up a different era, of a 1940s sensibility, where the less said, the more is explained. …

“… That I should feel any sympathy with a woman who was romantically involved with one of the most heinous human beings ever to be brought into this world is disturbing to me.

“Which is one of the reasons why this book is so important.

    “As someone who had loved film most of her life, I had wondered about Eva Braun’s importance to both German cinema and filmography, as I was aware that her films extolled Hitler’s iconography, as it were.

  “… Although the book is labeled fiction, truthfully, it’s hard to believe it is, as the details jump off the page. Phyllis appears to have traced the comings and goings of this enigmatic woman, who, was encamped in her various places of refuge, waiting for her man, Der Fuhrer, to return to her.

“And it is in this capacity that we understand her: a woman of her time period, who turned the other way while her man went off to war, doing these “manly,” but hopelessly imbecilic and crazy things. He would return to her periodically, every couple of weeks or months, while she waited for him, dutifully. Did she remain willfully blind, ignoring the atrocities that were being committed in the name of the Fatherland? Or was she too close to him to even know what he was doing, because when he returned to her, he was her lover, not her military commander?

    “Was the man who could butcher so many people the same man who could come home to her, and luxuriate in the arms of his beloved, exposing his vulnerabilities to her only? I’m not sure we’ll ever know, but there’s an inkling of what Eva probably felt during the years that she was with him (17 years, I seem to count). Was there any redeeming quality in her that makes her seem more human, and less a monster of historic proportions, in our hatred of all things Third Reich? You’ll have to read to find that out for yourself.

“Above all, this book is about women. About friendship. About the way we protect each others’ vulnerabilities. Of the secrets we keep. And about our loyalty to each other, though we carry out our daily lives supporting our men, as that’s what women did, especially back in the day.

“… The story is also a mystery, of the history behind a portrait that hangs in the home of an American woman of English and German descent. It is a story about longing to reconnect with our beloved deceased, of learning the things that our parents could not tell us for fear of destroying our own lives yet to be realized.

Phyllis has done a very brave thing, sharing a history with us that might be part of her own past, on some level. But the care that she took in making it plausible is also a gift to the reader. She dares look at the soul of the German during WWII, and the aftermath, in a reconciliation of sorts, that still hasn’t been accomplished beyond the Nuremberg Trials, except through the bravery of women like Phyllis who are willing to open the door a crack to give us an opportunity to ask questions, ponder, and reconcile our humanity with our inhumanity.

I’m sure I’ll read this book a second time. There are so many layers to it. I found it an irresistible and important read.”

                                                           ~ VL Towler, author, Severed

Goodreads Book Giveaway:

The Munich Girl by Phyllis Edgerly Ring

The Munich Girl

by Phyllis Edgerly Ring

Giveaway ends May 25  – 15 print copies available.

Enter here: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/275158-the-munich-girl

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First Impressions – gratefully received

424A blog tour for The Munich Girl kicked off at Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours this week.

A big gift right at the outset was the review left for the book at Goodreads by Whitney of First Impressions Reviews:

goodreads_icon_100x100-4a7d81b31d932cfc0be621ee15a14e70“Historical fiction novels that are told in past and present tense can be tricky. If not done right they can be jerky and painful to read.

“This was not the case in The Munich Girl. Peggy’s diary entries were applied seamlessly blending past with the present. I yearned to enter the streets of 1940s Germany and discover the meaning behind a simple portrait and view the forging of an unlikely friendship. Phyllis Edgerly Ring has written a superbly researched novel of a historical figure whose’ story is impeccably told.”

 

munichgirl_card_backFind Whitney’s review here:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1712583125?book_show_action=true&from_review_page=1

 

Find more about the book at:

https://www.amazon.com/Munich-Girl-Novel-Legacies-Outlast-ebook/dp/B01AC4FHI8/

 


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Winning reader words

IMG_4540It’s fun to see the response that both the novel and the little giveaway contest I ran for Eva Braun’s birthday received over this past week.

Thanks to all who participated, and  to winners Nancy Vincent Zinke and Kathy Gilman.

Nancy wrote:

“I’d like to buy a copy for all my book-loving friends, but I think that might turn into hundreds of books. So I’m officially recommending it here and now. I love this book. It reminds me of why I fell in love with books and reading in the first place. It’s practically perfect. Thank you, Phyllis Edgerly Ring.”

And thank you, Nancy, for these words, and our glimpse into the The Munich Girl‘s visit to your cozy kitchen.

Reader Kathy Gilman, an intrepid hiker, sent a view from the part of the world my British mother came from. Thanks, too, Kathy, for these thoughts about the story:

IMG_0094“Who am I? Where do I belong? Where is home?

“These themes run through The Munich Girl, a book about women and their relationships with men, family, and themselves.

“It is a book about secrets – family secrets …  secrets kept by Hitler from Eva (and the world) …  a mystery story that begins with an old journal.

Even though this book is about ordinary relationships between people, Eva Braun and Hitler are no ordinary people. And this is no ordinary book. ” munichgirl_card_front

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