The Good at Heart

The Good at Heart

Book - 2017
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In a seemingly idyllic German village during World War II, the daughter of one of Hitler's cabinet members, who has been helping to smuggle Jewish refugees over the nearby Swiss border, hides two refugee children in her home, only to learn that the Führer is coming to visit.
Publisher: New York :, Touchstone,, 2017
Edition: First Touchstone hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501147579
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 303 pages ; 22 cm


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Jan 29, 2018

Set in three days in July 1944, this novel, based on the author's great-grandfather, explores how good Germans condone, comply, and work against a corrupt regime. Oskar Eberhardt, a key figure in Hitler's cabinet, has moved his family to southern Germany where the war is fairly remote. When the novel opens, Oskar phones his wife to hang French flags in town because he fears the French army is fast approaching. However, an eager young German captain appears and almost hangs the burgermeister before he is stopped by Erich Wolf, a German general who is an advance scout for Hitler. When Oskar announces that Hitler is coming for tea at his home, the entire family is thrown into a tizzy. His wife wonders and worries about Oskar's role in a regime she detests, his daughter Marina is involved in refugee smuggling, and the neighbors wittingly and unwittingly set some disastrous actions in place. This novel would be great for a book club discussion as it raises all kinds of unsettling questions about truth, loyalty, and convictions in a turbulent political time.


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