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ECW Press Spring 2021 Trade

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    Lexile measure: 1040L
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    For sale with exclusive rights in: WORLD
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    Distributor: Jaguar Book Group Availability: Available Expected Ship Date: Mar 02, 2021 On Sale Date: Mar 23, 2021 Carton Quantity: 24 $22.95 CAD
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    Distributor: BTPS Availability: Available Expected Ship Date: Mar 02, 2021 On Sale Date: Mar 23, 2021 Carton Quantity: 24 $18.95 USD
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The Willow Wren
A Novel
By (author): Philipp Schott

Imprint:

ECW Press - Toronto

ISBN:

9781770415737

Product Form:

Paperback

Form detail:

Trade
Paperback , Trade
English

Audience:

General/trade
Mar 23, 2021
$22.95 CAD
Active

Dimensions:

8.5in x 5.5 x 0.8 in | 0.97 lb

Page Count:

352 pages
ECW Press
FICTION / Historical / World War II
Second World War fiction|Historical fiction|c 1938 to c 1946 (World War Two period)
Berlin
  • Short Description
The Willow Wren is based on the true story of a neurodivergent boy growing up in Nazi Germany, surviving bombing, the Hitler Youth, and Russian occupation before escaping to the west.

The touching and nuanced portrait of the rise and fall of Nazi Germany through the eyes of a resourceful German boy.

Ludwig is an odd and introverted child, growing up in Hitler’s Germany. While Ludwig’s father, Wilhelm, is a senior Nazi and a true believer, Ludwig escapes the unfolding catastrophe by withdrawing into nature and books. Eventually, when the Allied bombing campaign intensifies, Ludwig is sent to a Hitler Youth camp, where his oddness makes him a target for bullying.

As the war turns against Germany, the Hitler Youth camp becomes ever more severe and militaristic, and the atmosphere spirals towards chaos. After the Nazis abandon the camp, Ludwig returns home, and his father is presumed dead. With Ludwig’s mother descending into depression, the 11-year-old bears increasing responsibility for the survival of the family as starvation sets in under Russian occupation. Soon, it will be impossible to leave the Russian zone, so Ludwig decides that he must rally his despondent mother and lead her and his three younger siblings in an escape attempt to the west.

Based on a true story, The Willow Wren is a unique, touching exploration of extremism, resilience, and the triumph of the small.

Short Description


The Willow Wren is based on the true story of a neurodivergent boy growing up in Nazi Germany, surviving bombing, the Hitler Youth, and Russian occupation before escaping to the west.


Sales and Market Bullets



  • The Willow Wren is based on the true story of the author’s father and grandfather and offers a unique perspective from a German civilian on WWII.

  • Much like in the recent film Jojo Rabbit, the reader is given an intimate view into the madness of Nazism. The book explores how intelligent and educated people can be consumed by political extremism, and how these people must come to terms with atrocities committed in their names.

  • The young narrator, Ludwig, is solitary and quirky, resourceful and intelligent. His voice is unique and compelling, and his story is one of resilience, the triumph of the small, the underestimated, the overlooked, and the neurodivergent.


Audience



  • Historical fiction readers, fans of Kate Atkinson

  • Winnipeg literary community

  • Book clubs

Bestselling author of The Accidental Veterinarian, Philipp Schott was born in Germany but grew up in Saskatoon. He now lives in Winnipeg where he practises veterinary medicine, writes, and shares an old house on the river with his wife, two teenagers, three cats, and a dog.

“Philipp Schott pulls off the considerable feat of creating empathy for his characters without ever resorting to easy excuses for their sometimes indefensible choices … a fine, nuanced storytelling achievement.” — Frederick Taylor, historian and bestselling author of Exorcising Hitler: The Occupation and Denazification of Germany

“This beautifully written tale alternates between displays of sardonic humour and setting some truly poignant and heart-wrenching scenes. Morally complex and nuanced, this book is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand a difficult period in German history.” — Dr. Perry Biddiscombe, historian, author of The Last Nazis: SS Werewolf Guerrilla Resistance in Europe 1944–1947

The Willow Wren vividly describes the challenges of a sensitive boy with a Nazi father during the war years and after in Germany. This coming-of-age story will be of interest to anyone who wonders what everyday civilian life must have been like during those terrible times.” — Antanas Sileika, author, former director of the Humber School for Writers

The Willow Wren is a novel to note … A blend of family memoirs and historical research, this is one of very few novels in English (Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief and Leslie Wilson’s young adult novel Last Train from Kummersdorf being a couple of exceptions) dealing with the often harrowing experiences of children on the losing side of the Second World War … The Willow Wren offers a compassionate reminder that there are human beings on either side of any conflict. Well done.” — Winnipeg Free Press

“Vignettes reveal the stark realities of everyday life through a child’s eyes.” — Historical Novel Society

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