The Novelist from Berlin (Paperback)
"The Novelist from Berlin, an exciting story by V. S. Alexander, is based on the true, but rather mysterious, life of Irmgard Keun. Niki, a young woman who started out building a film career, marries the producer, Rickard. Niki finds her real passion in being an author. Her book is swiftly blacklisted as the Nazis’ power escalates and soon Rickard falls under their spell. With Niki’s life in danger, she and her daughter try to escape Germany. But things go tragically wrong. Niki makes it out to Amsterdam, but without her daughter. How can that be? Was the plot shared with the Brownshirts, but by whom? In Amsterdam, Niki joins the Resistance and returns to war-torn Berlin after the war to claim freedom for both her child and herself."--Reviewed by Penny
1920s Germany: Though the world has changed in the wake of the Great War, it is still ruled by men. Even a woman as resourceful and intelligent as Niki Rittenhaus needs alliances in order to survive. Her marriage to Rickard Länger, a movie producer for Berlin’s Passport Pictures, seems convenient for them both. When Rickard succumbs to increasing pressure from the Nazis to make propaganda movies, a horrified Niki turns away from her own film aspirations and instead, begins to write.
Niki’s first novel, The Berlin Woman, is published under a pseudonym to great success. But Niki knows she cannot stay anonymous for long. The Nazis are cementing their power over Germany—and over her husband. Though she succeeds in escaping Rickard, he directs Hitler’s Brownshirts to do the unthinkable: kidnap their daughter. With her books blacklisted, her life in danger, and Europe descending into war, Niki travels to Amsterdam, joins the Dutch Resistance, and then returns to war-torn Berlin determined to claim freedom for herself and her child, and to write her own story at last.