The Plum Tree

The Plum Tree

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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.

Set against the backdrop of the German homefront, this is an unforgettable novel of courage and resolve, of the inhumanity of war, and the heartbreak and hope left in its wake.

Advance Praise For Ellen Marie Wiseman's
The Plum Tree

"The Plum Tree is 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 and a worthy addition to the narratives of the Holocaust and Second World War." --Pam Jenoff, author of The Ambassador's Daughter

"A haunting and beautiful debut novel." --Anna Jean Mayhew, author of The Dry Grass of August

"In The Plum Tree , Ellen Marie Wiseman boldly explores the complexities of the Holocaust. This novel is at times painful, but it is also a satisfying love story set against the backdrop of one of the most difficult times in human history." --T. Greenwood, author of Two Rivers


"An unusual point of view on the Holocaust. [ The Plum Tree ] is a story of star-crossed lovers in a time of genocide. . .The details are exquisite and very thorough. Young adult readers will find it refreshing to read a different perspective toward WWII Germany. The terrors of the war will ignite compassion and disbelief." -- VOYA Magazine
Publisher: New York : Kensington Books, c2013
ISBN: 9780758278432
0758278438
Branch Call Number: WIS
Characteristics: ix, 387 p. ;,21 cm

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peacebenow
Aug 28, 2017

Well written book that's easy to fly through. Trials of a German family and esp from the daughter's point of view as the Nazis take hold in Germany. Details the deplorable efforts of the Nazis to control everything. Best recommended to young adults? Thought some of descriptions while very detailed, could have been shortened. Have to say I enjoyed "Sarah's Key" & "All the Light You Cannot See" a bit more.

AL_MARCIA Jul 25, 2017

A captivating look at a family living in rural Germany during and after WWII. Interesting to read about the challenges faced by Germans, both Christians and Jews, during the Hitler reign.

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annphi
Aug 21, 2016

i felt every raw emotion and I found the historical references well researched. The ending was touching and fitting. I enjoy this novel from first page to last

mrsgail5756 Jun 11, 2013

The book was okay – but not one of my favorites.

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lucky38
May 23, 2013

I really liked this book. It's a story about the horrors of the death camps but it is also a love story between and german gentile girl and a jewish boy. The story centers around a german family caught up in the war and how they survived the hardships during and after the war. I recommend this book to all who love a bit of history mixed in with a great family story.

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maipenrai
Feb 13, 2013

**** World War II / Holocaust novel told from the point of view of a German family / town. Interesting perspective. I did not find it as well written as "Sarah's Key". This story, however, does not break your heart as Tatiana De Rosnay's book did. That fact could be a plus or a minus depending on your preference. This is engrossing and well told. See what you think of the ending. Highly recommend.

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