Fräulein M. (Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster) is a work of historical fiction about the end of the Weimar Republic as seen through the eyes of women--both cis- and transgender--whose lives are irrevocably changed when Hitler comes to power. Hailed as "a sheer pleasure to read" by National Book Award winner Ha Jin, this debut novel is an ideal choice for book clubs.
The Cigarette Girl (HQ Stories/HarperCollinsUK) is the UK twin of Fräulein M. and is available as an ebook to readers in the United Kingdom and Australia.
"Debut novelist Woods is a skilled constructor of scenes that propel readers forward and lay bare the difficulties of living in complicated times ... Readers will be moved by the Metzger sisters."—Booklist
"Woods skillfully captures the disorienting mixture of heady freedom and mounting fear characterizing 1930s Berlin, and the political and gender issues she raises add contemporary relevancy." —Publishers Weekly
"An unsettling lens into the Nazis’ tightening grasp and the way it closes around two inseparable sisters growing up in a Catholic orphanage. ... What’s engaging about the book beyond its timeless moral dilemmas (how far we’ll go to save ourselves) is its lively, well-drawn cast of characters, saucy Brechtian broads, pious Hitler youths, dance hall fatalists, and steely Nazi officers who can be bought for a roll in the sheets." —Bostonia
"Caroline Woods shows tremendous skill in portraying these characters. It is a big story ingeniously conceived and intimately told, full of feeling and revealing details. Fräulein M. is a sheer pleasure to read."—Ha Jin, National Book Award and PEN/Faulkner award winning author of Waiting and War Trash
"This evocative tale, finely told, reminds us of the fragility of family bonds and the compromises made in the name of survival. Readers will be moved by the conflicts in ideology, loyalty, and trust that Woods brings to life in these pages."—Daphne Kalotay, national and international bestselling author of Russian Winter and Sight Reading
"Caroline Woods creates a moving and vivid portrait of two orphaned sisters in 1930s Berlin. Utterly transporting." —Patricia Park, author of Re Jane
"This debut novel, set in war-torn Berlin, is full of family secrets that make for a riveting can't-put-down read. Everyone's going to be talking about this one.”—The Awesome News