At the Wolf's Table
by Rosella Postorino

   Being one who enjoys books about shapeshifters and werewolves, I picked out this book by its title. Was I ever wrong- which shows that you cannot judge a book by its title. The wolf is a reference to Adolf Hitler. 
   The story is narrated by twenty-six-year-old Rosa Sauer, who has gone to live in the countryside with her in-laws while her husband is fighting with the Germany Army on the front line in WWII. One morning the SS comes to tell her that she has been conscripted, along with nine other women, to become Hitler’s food-tasters. Three times a day the women must go to the Wolf’s Lair to eat his meals before he does, knowing it might kill them. Naturally it is predicable that a group of women with different opinions would have dramatic differences and clashes. It is also predicable that male guards away from family would try and sometimes become dangerously familiar with these women.
   At the end of the war Sauer is smuggled back into Berlin and then the story jumps ahead some 40 years. It would have been a better read to have filled this time in with some action rather than retold with memories, even if it made the book longer.
  This book has been translated from the original Italian and may be found in the fiction section of the Large Print books.

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