I highly recommend this book. It was beautifully written. The novel tells the story of three German widows of WWII who are brought together from circumstances after the war. The way the author switches time periods and point of view in different chapters really keeps the reader interested and allows the story to develop. Each woman has such a different perspective, that you really see how deeply an entire generation was affected by the Nazi regime. The change in time period allows characters to reflect on the decisions they have made and lets the reader see the same events differently with the progression of time.
This book is an interesting story which follows three widows during Hitler's rise to power and in the years after the war. There are insights into the brutality of that time, but it is more of a character study on how one lives through such a time; daring to ask the question: Does one recognize evil as it unfolds or simply fight to survive? "These faces are no longer broken into good or bad... (rather) a collection of chances and circumstances." p. 332