The story follows Clara Falkenberg, one of the last survivors of a once-powerful industrial family in Essen. In 1946, she comes out of hiding to search for her missing friend.
A battle-scarred black marketeer holds the key to her quest: a boy soldier, underground since the war, who refuses to believe the war is over.
To uncover the truth about the boy, Clara must excavate her past in the ruins of one of Germany’s most devastated cities. How guilty is she? Can good intentions weigh as heavily as her crimes? What future does she deserve?
“…a captivating tour through the reckoning years that followed WWII when clarifying identities, unearthing truths, and facing judgements was the only way to rebuild a life.”
—Devin Murphy, bestselling author of The Boat Runner
“The German Heiress is the kind of novel we need now more than ever. Set in Germany, eighteen months after the war, reckonings of every sort are playing out and Anika Scott deftly builds a world in which all the shades of gray–Nazi collaboration and complicity among civilians–are brought to life. The German Heiress achieves what the best historical fiction can, asking us to see the past, and then pushing us to see ourselves in that past, demanding: Who would you have been then? What would you have done? Unflinching and absorbing, The German Heiress does not let you look away.
—Sarah Blake, New York Times bestselling author of The Postmistress and The Guest Book
“I loved Finding Clara. It’s a special novel that opens one’s mind to aspects of history we on the “winning” side have given little thought to, and a moving story of courage and everyday heroism rising to meet unbearable challenges.”
– Alex Marwood, international bestseller and Edgar and Macavity Award winning author of The Wicked Girls
“Anika Scott’s riveting novel, The German Heiress, compellingly explores the nature of innocence and guilt, and the human desire for redemption. A terrific book with historical detail skillfully woven into the fabric of the story. An absolute must-read for all fans of World War II fiction!”
—David Gillham, New York Times bestselling author of City of Women and Annelies:
“Anika Scott’s finely drawn characters in The German Heiress bring to life not only the struggle to rise from the ashes of war, but also the depth of resolve often required to gain redemption. Illuminating and beautifully rendered.”
—Susan Meissner, bestselling author of The Last Year of the War
FINDING CLARA and THE GERMAN HEIRESS are the same book with two different titles, the first in the UK market, the second in North America. So depending on where you are, you’ll see one title and cover or the other. The story, though, is just the same.
I was so sad to hear that Clärchens Ballhaus, my favorite place in all of Berlin, has closed down. Every time I was there, it felt like I stepped back in time to the ballrooms of the 1920s and 1930s. Apparently there’s a new owner and it will be open again after renovations, but *not* […]
Literary Agent: Laetitia Rutherford — Watson Little, Ltd, London — firstname.lastname@example.org
Finding Clara: Hutchinson, PenguinRandomHouse, London
The German Heiress: William Morrow, Harper Collins, New York
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