Winter Kept Us Warm by Anne Raeff

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Winter Kept Us Warm Read Online Free - A bold and haunting novel that sets love against the brutality of WWII and post-war life

Ulli is a young woman, half-English and half-German, squatting in a dismal, empty Berlin apartment, one year after the war has ended. She’s scraping together a living as an interpreter between Berlin-based GIs and the wide-eyed local girls eager to meet them. One night, Ulli meets two American soldiers: Leo, handsome and ambitious and desperate to escape his small town upbringing; and intellectual, asthmatic Isaac, whose refugee parents had fled Russia and then Paris for New York.

Winter Kept Us Warm follows Ulli, Leo, and Isaac through the next six decades of their lives―from Berlin to post-war Manhattan, 1960s Los Angeles, and Morocco. A marriage. Two children. And yet, only one parent. At the core of this novel is the mystery of how this came to be; not a chronological narrative, we explore the dark corners and lantern slides of these characters' lives, revealing in pieces and fragments what became of their long ago love triangle set against the brutality of post-war living.

Winter Kept Us Warm is an evocative story of family, strained by the cruelty of war and its generational repercussions. A novel of the heart, filled to the brim with unforgettable characters stitching together the deep threads of love, friendship, loyalty, and, of course, loss.

Title : Winter Kept Us Warm
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ISBN : 1619028174
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 304 pages


Angela M rated it ★★★★☆

January 23, 2018

There’s a somber, serious tone, a surprisingly quiet novel given that this is a story of war. The focus, though, is mostly about after WWII when the three main characters meet in Berlin. It about how the war shaped their futures and how their relationships evolve over sixty years. Three friends,...

Fran rated it ★★★★☆

January 28, 2018

Sixty years have passed since Ulli and Isaac met in a bar in post World War II Berlin. Now eighty years old, Isaac traveled to Morocco where Ulli was hotelier of the Hotel Atlas. Ulli, although taken aback, was not really surprised to see him. The reader will be privy, through flashbacks, to view...

Faith rated it ★★★☆☆

March 03, 2018

I thought this book was a contrived, melodramatic tear jerker but the writing wasn't bad. I can't jump through the hoops required to review this without spoilers so I have put the whole review under a spoiler tag. (view spoiler)[Just after the end of WWII, two American soldiers Leo and Isaac meet Ulli a young G... (hide spoiler)]

Jaksen rated it ★★★☆☆

March 09, 2018

Won this book through a Goodreads giveaway! Thank you, Goodreads! This book is plainly for those who like a long, slow, sentimental read, one that mines characters' personalities, histories and motivations while linking them together. Who did what when; who said what when; who left whom and why. I...

Jessica rated it ★★★★★

November 14, 2017

This book is easy to read in terms of the beautiful, flowing narrative – its simple and elegant style – but to its credit, it’s not easy to read when it comes to the emotions it will make you feel. There’s much joy in this story about a decades-old love triangle, and how the three lives involved...

Kasa rated it ★★★★☆

March 08, 2018

This is a beautiful take on war's aftermath, employing connections that would have been impossible if the protagonists hadn't met due to the consequence of war. Ulli, Leo and Isaac meet in Berlin, and form a threesome reminiscent of the three in Jules and Jim. Hidden secrets and motivations, a to...

Barbara rated it ★★★★★

February 24, 2018

A beautiful novel with characters that will stay with you long after you have finished reading. From the opening scene when Isaac, now in his eighties, arrives in Morocco to visit a friend from his distant past, you know you are in the hands of a skilled writer. Raeff seamlessly moves from the pr...

BlondeVsBooks rated it ★★★★★

February 15, 2018

Winter Kept Us Warm is a melancholy story, alternating past and present, about survival, desperation, identity, friendship, balancing success and family, and the repercussions of war. Raeff takes readers on a poignant journey, not only through the characters’ reflections, by also through radical t...

Paul rated it ★★★★★

February 08, 2018

My interview with Anne Raeff, for ZYZZYVA magazine, follows below:

Ethel rated it ★★★★☆

February 25, 2018

When I read I'm most interested in language and relationships. This story of three main characters and their love triangle (and its secondary love triangle of children and single parents) made for an immersive read. The precise writing imbues character, place and time with a vivid and lovely alive...

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