Summer of my German Soldier
The summer that Patty Bergen turns twelve is a summer that will haunt her forever. When her small hometown in Arkansas becomes the site of a camp housing German prisoners during World War II, Patty learns what it means to open her heart. Even though she's Jewish, she begins to see a prison... show more
The summer that Patty Bergen turns twelve is a summer that will haunt her forever. When her small hometown in Arkansas becomes the site of a camp housing German prisoners during World War II, Patty learns what it means to open her heart. Even though she's Jewish, she begins to see a prison escapee, Anton, not as a Nazi, but as a lonely, frightened young man with feelings not unlike her own. In Anton, Patty finds someone who softens the pain of her own father's rejection and who appreciates her in a way her mother never will. While patriotic feelings run high, Patty risks losing family, friends — even her freedom — for this dangerous friendship. It is a risk she has to take and one she will have to pay a price to keep.
Publish date: April 20th 2006
Pages no: 240
Edition language: English
, Historical Fiction
, World War II
Series: Summer of My German Soldier (#1)
TRIGGER WARNINGS: Physical child abuse Mental/Emotional child abuse (including gaslighting) Grooming of young teens All the racism All the anti-Semitism All the classism Stereotypes of Southerners This horrible piece of shit story takes place a small rural town in Arkansas in 1942. Ergo, Jim Cro...
While this book is well worded, I didn't feel anything for it. I really wanted to! I mean, talk about a forbidden romance! Jewish girl and German boy during the war? I expected excitement, passion, maybe danger...Nope. Mostly dull dialogue between the two characters. While I liked both charact...
Read this about 30 yrs ago, just re-read. Some of the language might be a little shocking today but my family was from rural Mississippi and I heard similar talk when I was young. What I'd forgotten was what a total SOB Patty's dad was, slapping her in the face hard enough to knock her down and beat...
Patty Bergen is the eldest daughter of the Bergen family, who run the department store in the small town of Jenkinsville, Arkansas. For reasons known only to themselves, the Bergen’s’ treat Patty as more of a nuisance than a daughter, bestowing all their love and affection on their younger daughter...
Patty, a young Jewish girl in Arkansas who gets most of her affection from the family's black housekeeper, falls "in love" with an escaped German POW. The relationship between the two remains amorphous and far from sexual; instead, Patty's tortured relationship with her family and town is the focus...