Kelly Rimmer Author Talk

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Celebrate local bestselling author Kelly Rimmer's latest novel The German Wife at Cowra Library on Thursday 16 June at 5pm.

Kelly Rimmer is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and worldwide bestselling author of contemporary and historical fiction, including The Secret Daughter and The Things We Cannot Say. Kelly lives in the Central West with her family and a whole menagerie of badly behaved animals. Her novels have been translated into more than 20 languages. Her latest book is The German Wife based on true events.

About the book:

Berlin, 1934. Sofie Rhodes is the aristocratic wife of a scientist whose post-WWI fortunes change for the better when her husband, Jurgen, is recruited for Hitler's new rocket project. But too late they realise the Nazis' plans to weaponize Jurgen's technology as they begin to wage war against the rest of Europe.

Alabama, 1949. Jurgen is one of hundreds of Nazi scientists offered pardons and taken to the US to work for the CIA's fledgling space program. Sofie, now the mother of four, misses Germany terribly and struggles to fit in among the other NASA wives. In a moment of loneliness, she confesses to a neighbour, Avril Walters, about Jurgen's membership in the SS.

When the scandalous news about the Rhodes family's affiliation with the Nazi party spreads, idle gossip turns to bitter rage, and the act of violence that results will tear apart a community and a family before the truth is finally revealed - but is it murder, revenge or justice?

The German Wife is an unputdownable novel of a community torn apart when a former Nazi family moves into town to work on NASA's space program. Inspired by a true story, ‘Operation Paperclip’ a US intelligence program in which more than 1700 German scientists, engineers, technicians & their families were taken from former Nazi Germany to the U.S. for government employment after the end of World War II, between 1945 and 1959. The German Wife explores how the German and American residents so recently on opposite sides of a horrific war were now neighbours & colleagues. This novel wonders what would happen if a spark was thrown into that tinderbox...

Come along to Cowra Library Thursday 16th June 5 – 7pm. Please book your place online or call Cowra Library on 6340 2180. 



  • Thursday, 16 June 2022 | 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM


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