Chidgey, Catherine, 1970-

The wish child / Catherine Chidgey. - 383 pages ; 22 cm.

It’s 1939. Two children watch as their parents become immersed in the puzzling mechanisms of power. Sieglinde lives in the affluent ignorance of middle-class Berlin, her father a censor who cuts prohibited words such as love and mercy out of books. Erich is an only child living a rural life near Leipzig, tending beehives, aware that he is shadowed by strange, unanswered questions. Drawn together as Germany’s hope for a glorious future begins to collapse, the children find temporary refuge in an abandoned theatre amidst the rubble of Berlin. Outside, white bedsheets hang from windows; all over the city people are talking of surrender. The days Sieglinde and Erich spend together will shape the rest of their lives.

Ockham New Zealand Book Award, Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize Winner 2017.


World War, 1939-1945--Children--Germany--Berlin--Fiction.

New Zealand fiction--21st century