Novels

ANNELIES

David R. Gillham’s new novel, Annelies, is a powerful and deeply humane story that asks the question: what if Anne Frank had survived the Holocaust?

Available January 15, 2019 as a Viking hardcover, e-book and Random House Audio book.

The year is 1945, and Anne Frank is sixteen years old. Having survived the concentration camps, but lost her mother and sister, she reunites with her father, Pim, in newly liberated Amsterdam. But it’s not as easy to fit the pieces of their life back together. Anne is adrift, haunted by the ghosts of the horrors they experienced, while Pim is fixated on returning to normalcy. Her beloved diary has been lost, and her dreams of becoming a writer seem distant and pointless now.

As Anne struggles to overcome the brutality of memory and build a new life for herself, she grapples with heartbreak, grief, and ultimately the freedom of forgiveness. A story of trauma and redemption, Annelies honors Anne Frank’s legacy as not only a symbol of hope and perseverance, but also a complex young woman of great ambition and heart.

 CITY OF WOMEN

In paperback and e-book from Berkley Penguin USA.

It is 1943—the height of the Second World War—and Berlin has essentially become a city of women.

A seamless blend of history and fiction, Gillham’s debut novel, City of Women, takes readers to wartime Berlin where it explores the transformation of a seemingly obedient German soldier’s wife. Sigrid Schröder works as a stenographer and lives with her mother-in-law in a Berlin flat.  Outwardly, she leads an ordinary life, coping with the wartime drudgeries and the return of the bombers to her city. But she is trapped in a loveless marriage and secretly rebels when she agrees to help a young woman on her “duty year” who is trying to protect Jewish “U-Boats” in hiding from the Gestapo.

In this page-turning novel, David Gillham explores what happens to ordinary people thrust into extraordinary times, and how the choices they make can be the difference between life and death.

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 City of Women is available in paperback, hardcover, as an e-book, and on audio/CD (click here for audio sample)