Zimler, Richard, The Seventh Gate.
Zimler's latest is set in Germany in the 1930s when Hitler is coming to power. Sophie, a teen living in Berlin, is drawn to Isaac Zorco, a Jewish expert on the Kabbalah, and a group of circus perfomers who have disabilities or deformities - people who will later suffer at the hands of the Nazis. Sophie finds herself living a double life: her own parents are being drawn into the Nazi party and her mother is urging her to join the League of German Maidens, the female wing of the Hitler Youth Movement. In addition, Sophie is in love with a young Nazi despite hating the ideas he stands for. Zimler is the author of The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon and, more recently, the very well-received The Warsaw Anagrams. His research into this period of history is exhaustive and his writing is exquisite and often heartbreaking. Zimler gets super reviews but, as yet, they have not translated into the number of readers that his work deserves.
Causes Richard Zimler Supports
Save the Children, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA)