The German Girl: A Novel by Armando Lucas CorreaThe German Girl: A Novel by Armando Lucas Correa

The German Girl: A Novel

byArmando Lucas Correa

Paperback | October 18, 2016

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A stunningly ambitious and beautiful debut novel, perfect for fans of Sarah’s Key and All the Light We Cannot See, the story of a twelve-year-old girl’s harrowing experience fleeing Nazi-occupied Germany with her family and best friend, only to discover that the overseas asylum they had been promised is an illusion.

Before everything changed, Hannah Rosenthal lived a charmed life. But now, in 1939, the streets of Berlin are draped with red, white, and black flags; her family’s fine possessions are hauled away; and they are no longer welcome in the places that once felt like home. Hannah and her best friend, Leo Martin, make a pact: come what may, they promise to have a future together.

A glimmer of hope appears in the form of the St. Louis, a transatlantic liner that can provide Jews safe passage to Cuba. After a frantic search to obtain visas, the Rosenthals and the Martins depart on the luxurious ship bound for Havana. Life on board the St. Louis is like a surreal holiday for these refugees, with masquerade balls, exquisite meals, and polite, respectful service. But soon ominous rumors from Cuba overshadow the celebratory atmosphere, and the ship that once was their salvation seems likely to become their death sentence. Hannah and Leo must make an impossible choice or risk losing everything that matters.

Seven decades later in New York City, on her twelfth birthday, Anna Rosen receives a package from Hannah, a great-aunt she has never met but who raised her deceased father. In an attempt to piece together her father’s mysterious past, Anna and her mother travel to Havana to meet this elderly relative. Hannah tells them of her astonishing journey on the St. Louis and, for the first time, reveals how she and Leo honored the solemn pact they had made. By connecting the pain of the past to the mysteries of the present, Hannah gives her young great-niece a sense of their shared histories, forever intertwining their lives, honoring those they loved and cruelly lost.
Armando Lucas Correa is an award winning journalist and Editor in Chief of PEOPLE EN ESPAÑOL. His first novel is The German Girl and it will be published in English and Spanish around October 2017.
Title:The German Girl: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.25 × 5.31 × 0.9 inPublished:October 18, 2016Publisher:Atria BooksLanguage:English

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not to my liking I cannot recommend this book. In spite of the interesting title and background story of living in Berlin at the start of WW2, it was far too confusing going from 1939 up to 2014 each chapter. This novel cannot compare to Sarah's Key.
Date published: 2018-09-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved It I fell in love with this story immediately. The transitions from past to present were beautifully written, and I loved getting to know Anna and Hannah as individuals, then seeing them come together. This book tells of an event in history that is often overlooked and forgotten about, but that deserves to be remembered.
Date published: 2018-08-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read I liked this book. It wasn't as good as i had hoped but it is a solid 3 star in my opinion.
Date published: 2018-08-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read for a summer day An enjoyable read, interesting view of the Germans in Cuba, historical happenings, explanation of generations and lineage-- and the story was well done. An enjoyable novel.
Date published: 2018-07-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love this Book! Keeps you engaged with flipping between time periods.
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from easy read the book can get a little heavy at times. but over all a good read
Date published: 2018-06-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Read This book was pretty good. I always enjoy stories that flip through time periods, and it was done so tastefully in this novel. The story was heartbreaking, showing the reality of war, through a child's eyes. Some have commented that the writing seemed childish, but I think that this added to the reality of confusion and fear that accompanies war. I did find the book a bit slow at parts, but because it flips back and forth between characters and their respective time periods, the story usually picks up with the next chapter. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-05-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Important topic; poorly executed This part of history was such an important story to tell but this author failed to deliver fiction which this subject matter deserved. The writing often felt juvenile and tacky, lacking depth. There are so many good fiction books about WWII and the Holocaust but this isn't one of them IMO. 2.5 stars.
Date published: 2018-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed reading this book I really enjoyed reading this book. I really enjoyed how the author described the characters and how the story was told. The story really came together in the end. I found it hard to put down!
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty Good I really struggled to get into The German Girl. The true-to-life historical aspects were haunting and the overall plot was solid, but the characters were a bit underdeveloped and the pacing was extremely slow. Correa also made some really unusual choices when it came to talking about Jewish people in Germany during WWII and the Twin Towers tragedy. For most of the book, Anna just says her dad is 'gone' or 'missing'. It's not until at least halfway, when you piece enough together to realize he was at the Towers on 9/11. Correa doesn't use the term '9/11' at all. And in the Hannah narrative, she calls Nazis 'ogres', mentions red/black/white flags but doesn't say what they represent and never mentions Hitler by name. I don't even recall the word 'Jewish' used. It was definitely an unusual choice - this hesitancy to precisely define things. But it stuck in my mind, so I guess Correa succeeded there. I think if the pacing had been tweaked, this would have been a 4/5. But as is, I'll give it a 3.
Date published: 2018-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not bad The writing was wonderful. An incredibly tragic story, but what do you expect from a WWII/ 9/11 loss-type story. A little rushed storyline, in my opinion, without much character development. It was nevertheless a good read.
Date published: 2018-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting! This was a really interesting story. A bit slow at times but really comes together at the end. Definitely a perspective of WWII that I hadn't read too much about previously.
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting For me this was an interesting perspective on WWII, I really liked the perspectives from the 2 x 12 year old girls. This for me combined with the flight from Germany on the ship Saint Louis to Cuba made this a unique story. Previous to reading this book I did not know anything about the ship Saint Louis and flight of German Jews to Cuba. So for me it was interesting and engaging.
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable An interesting read. A little slow in parts. I like the bouncing back and forth between the two lives / histories. Worth reading.
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb Such a wonderful novel to read!
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We were the rejected on every continent The German Girl talks about a story that many tried to swept under the rug because it speaks of the shared guilt of those who did nothing. Cuba, the United States, Canada. They all rejected the refugees from the St. Louis. Many other countries denied visas to thousands, millions of men, women and children trying to escape prosecution and certain death. The 937 passengers of the St. Louis could be just a number. In The German Girl they finally have a voice. Hannah is their voice. Her dreams are their dreams, her heartbreaks are their heartbreaks.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yes! I first heard about this book while listening to an interview with the author on CBC Radio and was immediately intrigued. The second I found this book in-store, I picked it up without hesitation and it did not disappoint. I've read numerous historical fiction books and memoirs set during WWII, seen many documentaries, watched many fictionalized films... But until the radio interview, I had never heard of the St. Louis, or the tragic tale of many of its passengers, which I find rather shocking. Correa brings to life a largely-forgotten story. The most poignant parts of the book, in my opinion, were the parallels that Correa drew between the Holocaust and the Cuban Revolution. Very well done! I read this book in about 2 days while travelling and apartment hunting. Add it to your list!
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ok An ok book, I found it sometime long with no action. The interesting stuff I was waiting for came too late in the story, I would have cut the book a bit. I loved the hystory behind it, the true event.
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very compelling This was a great novel, it was very insightful and such a great read.
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Be prepared to cry! Great book! Really enjoyed the portions with Hannah-Anna was..alright.
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great such a great book written about such an interesting historical part of time
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good! A well written story based on a little known part of the Holocaust.
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read I really enjoyed this book. Although I would have liked it better if there was more detail at times. I felt some of the story lines were too rush as they tried to put over 60 years into one 300 page book. Nevertheless I would recommend giving this a read!
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Read this This was a great book. It's a book I'd definitely recommend.
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Read Well-written and a great historical event used
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A bit confusing The story itself was interesting. But the way it was told was a bit confusing. And I really wanted the book to have been separated better in how long we heard about the Germany part compared to the rest. Still interesting and little known part of the holocaust. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Lovely A truly touching story. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautifully written! A lovely book to read,can't help but falling in love with the main characters,Hannah and Anna.
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from enjoyable this was a really really good novel
Date published: 2017-04-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed the historical trip to Cuba! I do not read alot of historical fiction, and glad I found this book. It is entertaining, heart warming and heart breaking.
Date published: 2017-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book! This book was amazing! I could not put it down. It definitely tugged at the heart. And by the time I got to the middle of the book, I could not put it down!
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read I read this book shortly after "All the Light We Cannot See" which I couldn't put down. Often times after reading a book of such magnitude it is difficult to like the next one just as much - that didn't happen in this case. "The German Girl" is beautifully written, heart-wrenching and dramatic.
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely recommend I loved this book. It was entertaining and thought-provoking yet heartbreaking. The story unfolded brilliantly, drawing parallels and tying in major tragedies of the past and present. It's an important reminder of the awful things that can happen when we don't care for and accept one another. A message that terrifyingly still all too relevant today. Read. This. Book.
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read Definitely a good book! It was different then what I thought it was going to be but still well written.
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from must read an absolute must read, especially if you enjoy reading ww2 books! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a story! An excellent addition to any library.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A very interesting read A powerful but straight forward novel that I had to read in one day. A different but still moving perspective of the victims of war.#plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yesterday is again today If you ever struggled to understand the plight of a persecuted people, this book is for you. The events of yesterday parallel many events of today.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book Amazing read once I started book very hard to put down. Very good historical novel.
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Unsure I have read about half of this book and it has been a struggle. I typically read novels with this story line, yet I cannot get into this one. I will finish it eventually and hopefully understand why everyone likes it so much. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good I really enjoyed this novel, a must read.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing This book is great! I recommend it
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow Emotional and touching. This novel is a must-read.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! This was a well written, interesting, historical novel that moves between the past and present. The story is both hopeful and heartbreaking; strongly recommend!
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not What I thought I read the reviews and could not wait to read it - but I found it slow - not one of my favorites
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Beautiful historical fiction. The core events are real and loved reading about them in such detail
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wow the detail and story seems real
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read I received this book for Christmas ad loved it! It was a great read and especially important with the times we are currently in.
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I liked this This is good historical fiction set during the Nazi era. I loved the detail as well as the pace of the story.
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Based on true events For lovers of historical fictional, this story is centred around the St. Louis transatlantic liner crossing of 937 refugees in 1939. This novel won't disappoint. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from on my wish list mom and dad... are you there????
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One to share Just finished this book and have passed it on to a friend. Not only a great story but also a learning experience. As I not aware of this part of history.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Book Some great history, enjoyed it!
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! I'm not usually a fan of intertwined stories but it really worked in this book. I was unaware of the history related to the St Louis so I liked that I got to learn a bit about history without actually reading a history book.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting Read I was really looking forward to reading this book, as I am an avid reader of historical fiction, particularly of the two World Wars. I was somewhat familiar with the story of the St. Louis ship, knowing it was turned away when it eventually tried to come to Canada. I did not know that it had stopped previously in Cuba. While I found the story itself quite interesting (both Hannah and Ana) in present day Cuba and in Nazi Germany, I have come to the conclusion that I do not enjoy stories by child narrators. The actions/thoughts of the children are too mature and unbelievable and I think it takes away from the story. Because of this, I could not enjoy this story as much as I wanted to.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing historical fiction Loved it. Loved the intertwining perspectives of the past and the present. What a great book to read on a Sunday afternoon, didn't want to put it down.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic historical story I loved the way the author intertwined stories from the perspectives of Hannah in war-torn Germany in 1939 and Anna in present-day New York. I am a sucker for historical stories and The German Girl encapsulated Nazi Germany, a Cuba under revolution as well as the attacks on the Twin Towers in the USA. Ultimately, this was a tale of survival, exile and finding a place to call home.
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic book Amazing story about courage, strength and long lost loves.
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best novel of 2016 I could hardly put this book down. It uncovered an historical event of which I was previously unaware. I cannot recommend this book enough. I have recommended it to several people who all loved it too. You will not regret buying this book.
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely book I'm not done of it yet but it's very nice book.
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from would read again bought a while ago, enjoyed
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent A great book by a talented author.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great book. It was an amazing read I highly recommend it!
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read Gripping story of a family split by war ,and their escape to Cuba, I did not know the story of the St Louis , I lived in Cuba for two years and this was a very well written story that not only tells of the persecution of the Jews but also the hardships of life in Cuba
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Loved this book. Made me research the history behind the story. Extremely moving.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a great read!!! This book was fantastic! So hard to put down
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 4+ Stars! Lovely Read! Poignant, realistic, and incredibly impactful! This novel reminds us of the persecution and maltreatment of the Jewish people during the war and the enduring effects experienced by both the survivors and their progeny. It is a deeply moving story, told from two differing perspectives, about familial relationships, friendship, loss, injustice, guilt, grief, survival, solace, and love. The prose is clear and fluid. The settings are vividly described. And the characters are strong, resilient, empathetic, and multi-layered. This truly is a heartbreaking, powerful story that you won't soon forget.
Date published: 2016-10-18

Editorial Reviews

“Profound and moving …  This novel touched me personally, especially because it is written from the point of view of a girl, just like me, on the ship. This tragedy, ignored for so many years, contains a lesson the world must learn and never forget: compassion for refugees.”