by Alexander, V. S.

In a novel that draws on the true story of the White Rose-the resistance movement of young Germans against the Nazi regime-one woman offers her life in the ultimate battle against tyranny. By the author of The Magdalen Girls. Original.

V.S. Alexander is an ardent student of history with a strong interest in music and the visual arts. Some of V.S.&;s writing influences include Shirley Jackson, Oscar Wilde, Daphne du Maurier, or any work by the exquisite Brontë sisters. V.S. lives in Florida and is at work on a new historical novel for Kensington.

Living in 1940s Germany, Natalya Petrovich is exposed to unimaginable cruelty and the purest kindness, sometimes in the same day. Natalya, a Russian native, served as a nurse on the front lines near Moscow before finishing her studies in Munich. After meeting a group of student activists that protests the Third Reich and Hitler's reign under the collective name of the White Rose, Natalya is inspired to join their efforts. Writing, printing, and distributing leaflets for the White Rose is treasonous work, but Natalya knows she's on the right side of history. When she's caught with a group of German sympathizers, Natalya is forced to decide how far she's willing to go to inform her country of the horrors of the Nazi Party. Alexander (The Irishman's Daughter, 2019) brings his signature commitment to historical accuracy to The Traitor, immersing readers in the intrigue of the resistance. Fans of Anthony Doerr's All the Light We Cannot See (2014) and Alex Rosenberg's The Girl from Krakow (2015) will fall under the spell of this powerfully moving novel. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

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