“Alexis Clark illuminates a whole corner of unknown World War II history in a US prisoner of war camp and postwar American suburbs, full of expected racism and intolerance—sweetened by unexpected love, unusual pockets of racial harmony, and genuine romance.” — Walter Isaacson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs

“In this compelling and original work, Alexis Clark has given us an absorbing narrative of an unlikely love in an unlikely place between unlikely protagonists. An African-American nurse and a German POW, brought together by the winds of war in an Arizona desert: it is an irresistible human story that evokes perennial themes. Clark’s voice is engaging, and her tale universal.” — Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power and American Lion

“Alexis Clark's astonishing and necessary love story is not only a valuable document about time past, but a prescient look at the ways in which miscegenation changed the world and changes the world. Written with compassion and clarity, Clark's necessary history illustrates the ways in which love and the personal is always political. A tour de force.”  — Hilton Als, staff writer at The New Yorker, winner of the Pulitzer Prize

“[E]ngaging … Clark narrates the almost inconceivable romance between Elinor Powell, an African-American army nurse, and Frederick Albert, the German prisoner of war she met during World War II … [T]his book shines is in its stark depiction of racism in pre- and post-war America.” — Publishers Weekly



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