The Most Dazzling Girl in Berlin by Kip Wilson
Publication Information: New York, NY: Versify, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2022
Summary: A fascinating historical novel about Hilde, an orphan who experiences Berlin on the cusp of World War II as she discovers her own voice and sexuality, ultimately finding a family when she gets a job at a gay cabaret, by award-winning author Kip Wilson.
On her eighteenth birthday, Hilde leaves her orphanage in 1930s Berlin, and heads out into the world to discover her place in it. But finding a job is hard, at least until she stumbles into Café Lila, a vibrant cabaret full of expressive customers. Rosa, one of the club's waitresses and performers, immediately takes Hilde under her wing. As the café denizens slowly embrace Hilde, and she embraces them in turn, she discovers her voice and her own blossoming feelings for Rosa.
But Berlin is in turmoil. Between the elections, protests in the streets, worsening antisemitism and anti-homosexual sentiment, and the beginning seeds of unrest in Café Lila itself, Hilde will have to decide what's best for her future . . . and what it means to love a place on the cusp of war.
— Kip Wilson (@kiperoo) September 29, 2021
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Links of Interest:
Das Lila Lied (German Lyrics, performed by Ute Lemper)
Das Lila Lied 'The Lavender Song' (English Lyrics, performed by Ute Lemper)
Music from the book (from the author's YouTube page)
Timeline of the Weimar Republic (from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum website)