This story starts with a young girl whose mother passed away and her irritable and erratic father makes strict and demanding look sweet. It is also told about 40 years later from the daughter's point of view as she is researching German, non-Jewish people to get their thoughts on what happened in Germany during that time, what they saw but didn't tell, etc.
This is an amazing book. It was written for adults, there is a great deal of sex, as was standard during this time that the German soldiers would use their power to manipulate women into doing what they wanted for protection, and often more importantly, food. I love Anna's whole story, seeing all the events leading up to the discovery of why she is how she is and Trudie's realization that life isn't always how one believes it to be.
I highly recommend this book to those who aren't offended by sex and some language. I felt it to be very real, an emotional roller coaster of a book, but in the end, heartwarming and redeeming.