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This terrible beauty / Katrin Schumann.

Schumann, Katrin, (author.).


"On the windswept shores of an East German island, Bettina Heilstrom struggles to build a life from the ashes. World War II has ended, and her country is torn apart. Longing for a family, she marries Werner, an older bureaucrat who adores her. But after joining the fledgling secret police, he is drawn deep into its dark mission and becomes a dangerous man. When Bettina falls in love with an idealistic young renegade, Werner discovers her infidelity and forces her to make a terrible choice: spend her life in prison or leave her home forever. Either way she loses both her lover and child. Ten years later, Bettina has reinvented herself as a celebrated photographer in Chicago, but she's never stopped yearning for the baby she left behind. Surprised by an unexpected visitor from her past, she resolves to return to her ravaged homeland to reclaim her daughter and uncover her beloved's fate, whatever the cost." --back cover.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781542020800
  • ISBN: 1542020808
  • ISBN: 9781542000062 (paperback)
  • ISBN: 1542000068
  • Physical Description: 353 pages : maps ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: Seattle : Lake Union Publishing, 2020.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Paperback edition includes Book Club Questions.
Subject: Family secrets > Fiction.
Man-woman relationships > Fiction.
World War, 1939-1945 > Fiction.
Berlin (Germany) > Fiction.
Genre: Historical fiction.

Available copies

  • 3 of 3 copies available at SPARK Libraries.
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Juniata County. (Show)


  • 0 current holds with 3 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Juniata County Library F SCH (Text) 39640100674231 JUNM Fiction Available -
Ellwood City Area Public Library FIC Schumann (Text) 32102000884078 ECAM Fiction Available -
Exeter Community Library SCH (Text) 33249024427852 Fiction Available -

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