The Warsaw Sisters: A Novel of WWII Poland

Baker. Nov. 2023. 384p. ISBN 9780800741716. pap. $17.99. CF
Sisters Antonina and Helena Dąbrowska vow to always watch out for each other as their father marches off to defend Poland from the Nazis in 1939. Neither one anticipates the depth of suffering they will face as German oppression deepens each month. Things are especially difficult for Antonina’s Jewish friend Marek. With no word from their father for years, their aunt murdered in cold blood by Nazi soldiers, and Marek’s family cut off from the city in the Warsaw Ghetto, the sisters each take different paths. Unbeknownst to the other, they each wind up working for the Polish resistance in different ways. Every time they think things can’t get worse, Warsaw is dealt another unimaginable blow. But this is their city, and the Dąbrowska sisters will rise and fall with her.
VERDICT Barratt (Within These Walls of Sorrow) is a superb researcher, making readers feel as if they are living in World War II Poland fighting for freedom, for life, and for love of family. This is a hard but important read that will tug on heartstrings.
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