The Ragged Edge of Night

The Ragged Edge of Night

by Olivia Hawker


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ISBN-13: 9781503902121
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 10/01/2018
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 27,029
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Through unexpected characters and vivid prose, Olivia Hawker explores the varied landscape of the human spirit. Olivia’s interest in genealogy often informs her writing. Her first two novels from Lake Union Publishing, The Ragged Edge of Night and One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow (2019), are based on true stories found within the author’s family tree. She lives in the San Juan Islands of Washington State, where she homesteads at Longlight, a one-acre microfarm dedicated to sustainable permaculture practices.

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The Ragged Edge of Night 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
brf1948 5 months ago
The Ragged Edge of Night is an excellent historical novel set in Germany from September 1942 through May 1945, and following the lives of several Germans trying to stay ahead of the SS as they survive and do all they can to stop Hitler. We tend to think of the majority of German citizens as part of the problem, while in reality most were just as overwhelmed as were other Europeans under the control of the Nazi party. This book looks at WWII from that aspect, through the stories of real people. Joseph Anton Starzmann was Franciscan Friar Bruder Nazarius from the time he was 18, a teacher of music to children with fractured minds until those children Anton taught and cared for were, despite his pleading and gentle resistance, bussed to the gas ovens. And with the end of the teaching job, Anton's Catholic order was dissolved by the Nazi's and he was conscripted into the Wehrmacht. Fortunately he was able to declare a back injury when he first parachuted into a battlefield and was thus turned loose by the military. Elizabeth Hansjosten Herter was the widowed mother of three in the small village of Unterboihingen, Wurttermbert. Unable to make enough with her sewing jobs to support her household, Elisabeth posts a notice in the Catholic periodical Esprit seeking a husband and father to her children. Albert was 11, Paul was 9 with lung problems keeping the family tied to this small village with cleaner air than cities with jobs, and Maria, even at 6, was a scrapper. Despite several weeks of correspondence their first meeting was awkward but Anton's appreciation and respect for all children eased Elizabeth's fears, and the wedding was planned after a two week period of second thinking. Together Anton and Elisabeth do what they must to survive these war years, and all they can to foil the German government. along with many Germans, they did what they could to fight from within against the The Ragged Edge of Night is the most comprehensive and sympathetic coverage of the everyday lives of the German people under the Nazi reign I have found. My German roots were transplanted to America in 1733, but there is still a sympathetic gene or two there. Olivia Hawker is the wife of the son of Rita, who with her sister Angie were the daughters of Anton and Elizabeth and half siblings to Al, Paul and Maria. The reminisces of Angie, born near the end of WWII, were the inspiration for the character Maria in this novel to add spice, as Maria was a quiet, well mannered girl and Angie - wasn't. This is a book I will treasure.
LlamaJen 7 months ago
One of the best books I have read this year!!! I absolutely LOVED it! My review can't possibly do it justice. The book was beautifully written. I'm pretty sure I teared up in some spots. I loved the characters, story and writing style. After reading the author's remarks at the end, I found out the book was based on a true story. This made the book even more amazing. Anton finds himself answering an ad in a Catholic paper. A widow is in need of a father for her three children. Anton was previously a Franciscan friar until his school was seized by the Nazis. He then became part of the Wehrmacht until a "back injury" gave him an excuse to leave. Now he finds himself to be a husband and father in a small village. Anton brings his love of music to the town. He would rather create a marching band than have the impressionable boys fall under Hitler's spell. Along with Father Emil, Anton joins the resistance to help with the downfall of Hitler. I loved the characters. I felt like I was right there with them. I loved getting to know Anton and Elisabeth. Enjoyed Anita's sense of humor and Maria was quite the handful. I knew that white communion dress would not survive. Each of the characters added so much to the story. Anton was an amazing person. So was Elisabeth. She was very strong woman. The scene at the school with his students was heartbreaking. One of my favorite parts was the scene with the missing bells. I definitely teared up in parts. My only complaint about the book is that it had to end. I wanted to keep reading about the family. I definitely recommend this book and can't wait to read more from the author. Thanks to NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing and the author, Olivia Hawker, for a free electronic ARC of this novel.