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Fräulein M. is a work of historical fiction about the end of the Weimar Republic as seen through the eyes of women--both cis- and transgender--whose lives are irrevocably changed when Hitler comes to power. Hailed as "a sheer pleasure to read" by National Book Award winner Ha Jin, this debut novel is an ideal choice for book clubs.BERLIN, 1931: Sisters raised in a Catholic orphanage, Berni and Grete Metzger are each other's whole world. That is, until life propels them to opposite sides of seedy, splendid, and violent Weimar Berlin. Berni becomes a cigarette girl, a denizen of the cabaret scene alongside her transgender best friend, who is considering a risky gender reassignment surgery. Meanwhile Grete is hired as a maid to a Nazi family, and begins to form a complicated bond with their son.



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Caroline Woods

Caroline Woods has taught fiction writing and composition to undergraduates at the Boston Conservatory and Boston University. In 2008 she completed an MFA in Creative Writing at BU, where she studied with Leslie Epstein, Ha Jin, and Allegra Goodman. Her short fiction has been published in Slice Magazine (which nominated her for a Pushcart Prize) , LEMON, and 236, BU Creative Writing's Literary Journal.

Caroline lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband and daughter.



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