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451 pages, Paperback
First published July 11, 2017
”The best part of Vienna was of course Leo Hartmann.”, and how Christian Lange was a nice little thing to not really think about, even though it’s the exact opposite.
”Christian Lange was a fling that should have been avoided. She could have avoided it, she scolded herself. But she didn’t. Because if she was honest, there was something about him she was fervently drawn to, something she needed in those painful months, locked inside their peculiar desert prison, that only he could give.”It was just too much for me. Not to mention that with all the bemoaning Emi does for Leo, we don’t even see him until about halfway through the damn novel..
”He’d been prenaturally good at everything a teenager in Wisconsin needed to be good at. He was book-smart enough, but not too smart to draw attention, he drove a nice car he worked on with his dad even when it didn’t need work, he excelled in sports, and he was very well-liked by girls and their mothers.”Leo Hartmann is literally so perfect that as soon as his mother saw his wee little bairn face, she didn’t want another child. Ever. I KID YOU NOT.
”Leo Hartmann was a good son. He had been an easy baby to take care of, and in later years he was certainly going to be a good man.”These kids are so perfect they cause their parents to not want more children. SWEET JESUS.
”Christian’s stomach turned at the thought of it. He, who had up until a few months ago thought hardship was a football game that ended in defeat, a cold winter that you weren’t quite dressed for, or a girl who wasn’t interested in you as you hoped. Those were the little wars that Christian had waged. Now he was going to be dropped in Nazi Germany.”Everyone, except the character that mattered.
His mother needed him, she told him constantly.
Did anything in the Vienna apartment survive?
Did the Hartmann’s chauffeur survive?
What happened to the Lange house, factory, and money? Are they ever returned to Christian? He would be the rightful owner.
Does the man who falsely reported the Langes and took over their properties receive any punishment for having done so?
Why did John Sasaki embellish Norio's letter to Emi when he translated it for Christian?
After the war ends, how does Christian know where to find Emi?
It was the year that the world started melting at the edges, tolerance seeping through the cracks, unable to be saved.
Instead of the exhaustion and dread that were caked onto Christian’s face, they appeared buoyed by the glamour of the uniform, the heroics of war, perhaps even the probable death that was looming for them.
"Trust me, you are far luckier than I was. I was taught that the only reason to better myself was so that I might
marry a remarkable man. No one told me to be remarkable myself. "
"To me you are still the good that exists in the world. "