The wish child: a novel

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" A tour de force, a work of art, an insightful commentary on the horrors and pointlessness of war and violence, a love story . . . so beautifully written that it hurts . . . Gripping from start to finish . . . One of the best novels I have read this year. Actually, maybe one of the best novels I have read, period." —Booksellers NZ

Germany, 1939. Two children watch as their parents become immersed in the puzzling mechanisms of power. Siggi lives in the affluent ignorance of middle-class Berlin, her father a censor who excises prohibited words ("promise", "love", "mercy") from books. Erich is an only child living a lush rural life near Leipzig, tending beehives, aware that he is shadowed by strange, unanswered questions.

Drawn together as Germany's hope for a glorious future begins to collapse, the children find temporary refuge in an abandoned theater amid the rubble of Berlin. Outside, white bedsheets hang from windows; all over the city people are talking of surrender. The days Siggi and Erich spend together will shape the rest of their lives.

Watching over Siggi and Erich is the wish child, the mysterious narrator of their story. He sees what they see, he feels what they feel, yet his is a voice that comes from deep inside the wreckage of a nation's dream.

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" A tour de force, a work of art, an insightful commentary on the horrors and pointlessness of war and violence, a love story . . . so beautifully written that it hurts . . . Gripping from start to finish . . . One of the best novels I have read this year. Actually, maybe one of the best novels I have read, period." —Booksellers NZ

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Drawn together as Germany's hope for a glorious future begins to collapse, the children find temporary refuge in an abandoned theater amid the rubble of Berlin. Outside, white bedsheets hang from windows; all over the city people are talking of surrender. The days Siggi and Erich spend together will shape the rest of their lives.

Watching over Siggi and Erich is the wish child, the mysterious narrator of their story. He sees what they see, he feels what they feel, yet his is a voice that comes from deep inside the wreckage of a nation's dream.

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subject_facet Berlin (Germany) -- Fiction
Children -- Germany -- Fiction
Electronic books
New Zealand fiction -- 21st century
World War, 1939-1945 -- Children -- Germany -- Berlin -- Fiction
World War, 1939-1945 -- Children -- Germany -- Fiction
title_display The wish child : a novel
title_full The Wish Child A Novel
The wish child : a novel / Catherine Chidgey
The wish child [electronic resource] / Catherine Chidgey
title_short The wish child :
title_sub a novel
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Electronic books
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Literature
New Zealand fiction
World War, 1939-1945