The Nine


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GWEN STRAUSS' poems, short stories and essays have appeared in numerous journals including The New Republic, London Sunday Times, New England Review, and Kenyon Review and she has published a collection of poetry, Trail of Stones. She was born and spent her early years in Haiti. Strauss lives in Southern France, where she is the Director of the artist's residency program at the Dora Maar House


Goodreads list of NEW & ANTICIPATED HISTORIES & BIOGRAPHIES Though the dangers the women face are significant, their unorthodox means of travel help contribute to an unexpected feeling of picaresque adventure, as the women lie and scavenge their way toward freedom... The women's bravery and ingenuity as they traverse an almost apocalyptic landscape makes for a thrilling narrative...Gripping. --Shelf Awareness An incredible story about the power of friendship and the faith in humanity in one of the darkest times in history. --Lee Woodruff [Strauss] gets her facts right... A breathless story of almost superhuman heroism and suffering with a (mostly) happy ending. --Kirkus

A paean to female bravery and life-saving friendship. --iNews Intimate.. chilling... A moving testament to the power of friendship --Booklist The Nine is poignant, powerful, and shattering, distilling the horror of the Holocaust through the lens of nine unforgettable women. Banding together in the hellscape of Ravensbruck, the nine resistance fighters turned prisoners make a desperate bid for escape in the chaos of the war's end, embarking across battle-ravaged Germany toward home. Gwen Strauss melds a poet's pen and a decade of research into a tale of friendship, courage, and indomitable will. --Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Rose Code and The Alice Network This haunting account provides yet more evidence not only of the power of female friendship but that the often unrecorded courage and resilience of ordinary women must be honoured and celebrated. It's a most inspiring read...Utterly gripping. --Anne Sebba, author of Les Parisiennes

"I love this book. It delivers beauty, grace, horror, and suspense--an important work that also happens to be a hell of a read!" --Anthony Swofford, author of Jarhead "Strauss, niece of one of the nine heroines and third-generation 'Witness of the Witnesses', answers questions and challenges with great finesse. In a writing of rare historical accuracy and deep empathy, a woman of today tells the stories of yesterday." --Agnes Triebel, Secretary General of the International Buchenwald-Dora Committee "With Gwen Strauss' book and the scope of her research, that whole unknown period came to me as a gift from heaven... The precision of the speech, the delicacy of the style, the joys and misfortunes brought tears that I was happy to shed." --Marc Spijker, Guigui's son "At this moment of worldwide chaos and despair, this is a book that reminds us about what is important, and about finding strength and purpose during the worst of times. Highly recommended." --Goldie Goldbloom, author of Paperbark Shoe and On Division. It's high time we got our Band of Sisters, and there could be no better author to tell their story than the riveting and rigorous Strauss. Equal parts exhilarating, devastating, and inspiring. --Lauren Sandler, author of This is All I Got

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