The book “Wunderland” by Jennifer Cody Epstein traces the lives of three women across two generations and the devastating repercussions of choices made in the dark days of wartime Germany.
Once inseparable, Berlin teenagers Ilse Fischer and Renate Bauer find their friendship ripped apart by their nation’s abrupt swing into fascism. Ilse, a so-called “Aryan,” throws her lot in with the Nazi Party, while Renate sees her once-secure world dismantled by its race laws and then shattered by a shocking betrayal. Decades later, that same betrayal will upend the life of Ilse’s daughter, Ava, as she discovers long-buried truths about her mother’s past.
Epstein is the winner of the 2013 Asian Pacific Association of Librarians Honor award for outstanding fiction. She has an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and an MA in international affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
The Jewish Book Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County invites you to a Zoom lecture by the author on Sunday, June 6, at 4 p.m. To register, visit jewishorangeny.org.