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The Plum Tree: A Novel

Ellen Marie Wiseman

ISBN 9781496730022
Publish Date 1/28/2020
Format Trade Paperback
Categories General, Historical, Kensington
List Price: $16.95
Upcoming January 28, 2020

“A touching story of heroism and loss, a testament to the strength of the human spirit and the power of love to transcend the most unthinkable circumstances. Deft storytelling and rich characters make this a highly memorable read.” –Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author

A deeply moving and masterfully written story of human resilience and enduring love, The Plum Tree follows a young German woman through the chaos of World War II and its aftermath.

“Bloom where you’re planted,” is the advice Christine Bölz receives from her beloved Oma. But seventeen-year-old domestic Christine knows there is a whole world waiting beyond her small German village. It’s a world she’s begun to glimpse through music, books—and through Isaac Bauerman, the cultured son of the wealthy Jewish family she works for.

Yet the future she and Isaac dream of sharing faces greater challenges than their difference in stations. In the fall of 1938, Germany is changing rapidly under Hitler’s regime. Anti-Jewish posters are everywhere, dissenting talk is silenced, and a new law forbids Christine from returning to her job—and from having any relationship with Isaac. In the months and years that follow, Christine will confront the Gestapo’s wrath and the horrors of Dachau, desperate to be with the man she loves, to survive—and finally, to speak out.

“Wiseman eschews the genre’s usual military conflicts of daily life during wartime, lending an intimate and compelling poignancy to this intriguing debut.” --Publishers Weekly

“Ellen Marie Wiseman weaves a story of intrigue, terror, and love from a perspective not often seen in Holocaust novels.” --Jewish Book World

Includes an excerpt from Ellen Marie Wiseman’s newest novel, The Orphan Collector

About Ellen Marie Wiseman:

Ellen Marie Wiseman is the acclaimed author of What She Left Behind, The Plum Tree, Coal River and The Life She Was Given. Her novels have been translated and published in 17 territories across the world. Born and raised in Three Mile Bay, a tiny hamlet in Northern New York, Ellen lives on the shores of Lake Ontario with her husband and three dogs. She loves to cook, travel, garden, watch movies, and spend time with her children and grandchildren. For more, visit: ellenmariewiseman.com.

Photo Credit: Kimberly Schuldt


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