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Inspired by her family history, author Katrin Schumann set this heart-wrenching love story on a windswept island in East Germany. The stakes couldn’t be higher. Bettina, our heroine, loses everything. First she loses her parents during World War II. Then, after the Iron Curtain descends, she’s cast out, forced to leave behind her baby, the man she loves, and the only home she’s ever known.

As loneliness closes in on her, she begins to lose her hope too. It’s not until years later, when presented with a chance to return home, that she allows herself to hope again. In going back, though, she’ll be forced to make impossible choices. There is no clear path, no right answers. No matter what Bettina chooses, there will be loss. But she’s determined to salvage what she can from the wreckage of her life.

This love story between a mother and child, a man and woman, and a country and its people showed me how quickly we can lose everything. But most important, it showed me how hope can sustain us—and how no one can take that away.

- Jodi Warshaw, Editor

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A She Reads "most anticipated women's fiction" book of 2020

"Schumann's graceful evocations of people and place make this novel hard to forget." --Maria Hummel, author of Motherland and the Reese Witherspoon book club pick Still Lives

"Deeply relevant to our current times, This Terrible Beauty explores the lengths to which we will go to find love and the sacrifices we make for family and community. I fell in love with these characters and came away heartened and hopeful." --Christopher Castellani, author of Leading Men

"A compelling and richly layered story of love, motherhood, art, and ultimately self-preservation--this is a vivid, rapidly paced historical novel. Unputdownable!" --Jillian Cantor, USA Today bestselling author of The Lost Letter and In Another Time

"Schumann's vivid focus reveals characters who crumble with heartbreak and rise with strength, and above all draws her readers in and never lets them go." --Rachel Barenbaum, bestselling author of A Bend in the Stars

"Set in postwar Germany, this gorgeously written, sweeping, cinematic story is also a riveting and romantic page-turner. Get ready to put everything on hold and let yourself get lost in this sensual tale." --Erica Ferencik, bestselling author of The River at Night, a #1 pick, and Into the Jungle

"A complex, moving story of love and loss, beautifully written. This Terrible Beauty explores the critical nature of art as a lens through which we can understand history and asks us to be mindful of the ways we choose to look at the world. This is one historical fiction fans can't miss." --Olivia Hawker, Washington Post bestselling author of The Ragged Edge of Night

"This Terrible Beauty kept me turning the pages long into the night. Katrin Schumann evokes an often-forgotten time and place to weave a story that is equally captivating and fascinating." --Eoin Dempsey, bestselling author of White Rose, Black Forest

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From the bestselling author of The Forgotten Hours comes an unforgettable story of one woman's journey to reclaim what she lost in a country torn apart by the devastating legacy of WWII.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9376 KB
  • Print Length: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (1 March 2020)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Customer Reviews: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #362 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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