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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2012
In 1938, seventeen-year-old Beatrice, an Irish Protestant lace maker, finds herself at the center of a fairy tale when she is whisked away from her dreary life to join the Berlin household of Felix and Dorothea Metzenburg. Art collectors, and friends to the most fascinating men and women in Europe, the Metzenburgs introduce Beatrice to a world in which she finds more to desire than she ever imagined.
But Germany has launched its campaign of aggression across Europe, and, before long, the conflict reaches the Metzenburgs’ threshold. Retreating with Beatrice to their country estate, Felix and Dorothea do their best to preserve the traditions of the old world. But the realities of hunger and illness, as well as the even graver threats of Nazi terror, the deportation and murder of Jews, and the hordes of refugees fleeing the advancing Red Army begin to threaten their existence. When the Metzenburgs are forced to join a growing population of men and women in hiding, Beatrice, increasingly attached to the family and its unlikely wartime community, bears heartrending witness to the atrocities of the age and to the human capacity for strength in the face of irrevocable loss.
In searing physical and emotional detail, The Life of Objects illuminates Beatrice’s journey from childhood to womanhood, from naïveté to wisdom, as a continent collapses into darkness around her. It is Susanna Moore’s most powerful and haunting novel yet.
Honolulu Book Fair 2013
Moore - Fawcett Conversation
Washington Post, September 2012
"As war descends, nothing is obvious in this exquisitely written novel. “The Life of Objects” is a refined and sensual treat."
'Life Of Objects' Tells A Cautionary WWII Fairy Tale, WEKU 88.9, NPR
Bomb Magazine, interview by Kurt Andersen
"Susanna Moore, Cheryl Strayed, and the Place Where the Writers Work," TheMillions.com
"On The Life of Objects," RonSlate.com
The following is an anthology of the music that appears throughout The Life of Objects
Two Sleepy People,' Hoagy Carmichael and Frank Loesser, sung by Jean Sablon, 1938
'Cocktails for Two,' Arthur Johnston and Sam Coslow, sung by Adam Aston, 1935: http://youtu.be/vgzjv440lB4
'Hallo Janine,' Marike Rokk, 1939
'Body and Soul,' Johnny Green, played by Benny Goodman, 1935
'Dein ist mein ganzes herz," Franz Lehar, sung by Richard Tauber
Die Zauberflote, Mozart, conducted by Furtwangler, 1949
'Ein Heldenleben, Richard Strauss, conducted by Karajan