The Women of the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

The Women of the Castle

Jessica Shattuck

384 pages first pub 2017 (editions)

fiction historical emotional informative sad slow-paced


Set at the end of World War II, in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society, a powerful and propulsive story of three widows whose lives and fates become intertwined.Amid the ashes of Nazi Germany’s defeat, M...

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Community Reviews Summary of 90 reviews


emotional 100%
informative 66%
sad 66%
challenging 50%
dark 50%
hopeful 50%
reflective 50%
inspiring 16%
tense 16%


medium 66%
slow 33%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 40% | Character: 40% | Plot: 20%

Strong character development?

Yes: 83% | It's complicated: 16%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 50% | Yes: 50%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 40% | Yes: 40% | It's complicated: 20%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 80% | No: 20%

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