THE ANNA KLEIN TRILOGY
World War II Mysteries
"A mixture of love, overcoming despair from war and copious death, and mystery, Yetmen skillfully crafts a book full of original characters, an interesting plot, and authentic emotions."
Critics Report, The BookLife Prize
The Anna Klein Trilogy
Wading through the suspicion, corruption, and uncertainty of 1945 Germany, Anna Klein clings to the hope for normalcy and returning to her pre-war life. But when her job as a translator for Monuments Man Captain Henry Cooper lands her in the position to right wartime wrongs, Anna realizes her future holds a much greater purpose.
My novels are inspired by her family’s circumstances at the end of World War II. My German grandmother and my mother, then just five years old, found themselves displaced and dispossessed in a strange city, with nothing more than a suitcase full of random belongings to their name. And yet, they survive. For one simple reason. My grandmother could speak English. This meant she got a job working for the American occupiers. It meant they got a roof over their heads and a glimpse of a salvaged future.
The more I learned about World War II the more I came to understand how unspeakably lucky my family was, even in their hardship. How the survivors of WWII suffered from an inherent guilt simply for having made it through the nightmare when so many had not. And, I came to understand how the forces of events shifted my family’s lives onto the trajectory that made my very existence possible.
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