The Munich Girl
by Phyllis Edgerly Ring

Phyllis Edgerly Ring, 2015. ISBN 978-0-996-54698-0.
Reviewed by Margaret Dubay Mikus
Posted on 10/22/2016

Fiction: Historical

I first got to know a bit about Phyllis Edgerly Ring from her Facebook posts about fascinating synchronicities that happened when she was researching The Munich Girl: A Novel of the Legacies that Outlast War. To me, this book seems more real than a biography, telling truth from many facets, including from the inside. The author successfully weaves historical times, places, and figures with modern fictional characters we come to care about.

This powerfully compelling story may alter your perceptions about Eva Braun (Hitler's mistress and later, wife), while illuminating a dark chapter in history. The book also looks at the role of women in different cultures and periods in a way that is quite relevant right now. Do women choose to play the lead in their own lives or do they sacrifice themselves for others? Ring also leads us to ask what we know of our parents' lives. How might their experiences or traumas be passed down to us? How open are we to the changes that can come from deep healing? You will want to cheer for Anna as she is drawn into the discovery of her past, re-creating her present, releasing her to soar into a future of possibilities. Engrossing and engaging with surprises and plot twists. I wanted to keep reading to find out what happens next. Enthusiastic recommendation!

Author of both fiction and nonfiction, Phyllis Edgerly Ring watches for the noblest possibilities in the human heart. She's always curious to discover how history, culture, relationships, spirituality, and the natural world influence us and point the way for the human family on our shared journey. Ms. Ring has worked as writer, editor, nurse, tour guide, program director at a Baha'i conference center, taught English to kindergartners in China, and served as instructor for the Long Ridge Writer's Group. Visit her blog.

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