A Boy in Winter

A Boy in Winter

Book - 2017
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From the Man Booker-shortlisted author of The Dark Room , an extraordinary new novel: `A spellbinding evocation of fear and threat tinged with the possibility of hope and change' - Philippe Sands, author of East West Street

Early on a grey November morning in 1941, only weeks after the German invasion, a small Ukrainian town is overrun by the SS. A Boy In Winter tells of the three days that follow and the lives that are overturned in the process. And in the midst of it all is the determined boy Yankel who will throw his and his young brother's chances of surviving to strangers.

A Boy In Winter is a story of hope when all is lost, and of mercy when the times have none.

'Superb, delicately poised' FT

'Magnificent' Linda Grant

'A joy to read ' Helen Dunmore

Publisher: London Virago Press, an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group, ©2017.
ISBN: 9781844089963
Characteristics: 240 pages ;,24 cm.


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May 18, 2019

An amazing and profound novel. I just finished reading it for the second time.

Jul 30, 2018

Extremely dark universe, based in historic fact. Excellent, suspenseful read, however difficult and upsetting scenes of realistic violence and suffering.

Jun 22, 2018

This story takes place over three days in the Ukraine in 1941with the arrival of the German SS. It is told through three main characters - an engineer who has joined the party but tries to minimize harm, a young woman and two young boys. It is about courage in the face of terror and ultimately, hope.

Nov 15, 2017

A short, but powerful novel about a WW II Ukrainian village and the interactions between villagers, SS troops, local militia, and the resident Jewish population. Any neo-Nazis out there should read this to better understand the horrific legacy they purport to support.

Sep 24, 2017

This was an absorbing book. The first part of the book is setting the stage for what is to come.
We are following several characters in a town in Ukraine when the Germans push the Soviets back and take over. All characters are essential to the story
I have read Seiffert's The Dark Room which was actually 3 novellas, one of which made into the excellent movie Lore.
Seiffert is the grandchild of Nazis. She has known this all her life. Her mother German, her father Australian. She is bilingual. Her grandparents did not gas Jews, or loot apartments, or do horrific things but they were true believers in National Socialism. How this has affected her inside herself I cannot know but all her writings are about this period in history.
The final 100 or 120 pages of the book are difficult to read but I was driven to know what happens. Tremendous suspense. I know from studying this period that the events are true. P.S. A little German, not usually explained but it doesn't matter.

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