The Crooked Maid A Novel

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-08-06
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

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Vienna, 1948. The war is over, and as the initial phase of de-Nazification ends, the citizens of Vienna struggle to rebuild their lives from the rubble. Anna Beer returns to the city she fled nine years ago after discovering her husband's infidelity. She has come back to find him and, perhaps, to forgive him. Travelling on the same train from Switzerland is 15-year-old Robert Teuben, a schoolboy summoned home after his stepfather has died in mysterious circumstances.As Anna and Robert navigate their nearly unrecognizable city, their paths will cross again, along with those of a war-widowed American journalist and a hunchbacked young girl. Meanwhile, in the shells of burned out houses and beneath the bombed-out ruins, Dr. Beer, Anna's husband, battles demons from his past and hides from a future deeply uncertain for all.In The Crooked Maid, Dan Vyleta continues, as he did in The Quiet Twin, to plumb the shadows of a war-darkened Vienna, proving himself once again "a magical storyteller, master of the macabre" (David Park).

Author Biography

Dan Vyleta is the son of Czech refugees who emigrated to Germany in the late 1960s. He holds a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge. His previous novels are Pavel & I and The Quiet Twin. Vyleta is a Canadian citizen and lives in Wisconsin.

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