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A riveting story about the rivalry between two brothers living on opposite sides of the Berlin wall during its construction in the 1960s, and how their complicated legacy and dreams of greatness will determine their ultimate fate.

A city divided. A family fractured. Two brothers caught between past and present.

Berlin, 1961. Rudi Möser-Fleischmann is an aspiring photographer with dreams of greatness, but he can't hold a candle to his talented, charismatic twin brother Peter, an ambitious actor. With the sudden divorce of their parents, the brothers find themselves living in different sectors of a divided Berlin; the postwar partition strangely mirroring their broken family. But one night, as the city sleeps, the Berlin Wall is hurriedly built, dividing society further, and Rudi and Peter are forced to choose between playing by the rules and taking their dreams underground. That is, until the truth about their family history and the growing cracks in their relationship threaten to split them apart for good.
From National Book Award-nominated, critically acclaimed author-illustrator Vesper Stamper comes a stark look at how resentment and denial can strain the bonds of brotherhood to the breaking point.

About the Author

Born in Germany and raised in New York City, Vesper Stamper writes and illustrates novels which tell, through words and pictures, stories of history's rhymes. Her debut illustrated YA novel, What the Night Sings, about two teens emerging from the Holocaust, was a National Book Award Nominee, National Jewish Book Award Finalist, and Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner. Vesper lives with her husband, filmmaker Ben Stamper, and her two teenagers, in the Northeast.

Praise For…

"This intimate portrait of two brothers split by the Berlin Wall in 1961 feels like a parable, a warning, a mirror of our modern times." —Daniel Nayeri, author of Everything Sad Is Untrue, Printz Award Winner

"A richly layered, complex historical novel that poses important questions and provides a chilling lens into a dark period of history." —New York Times bestseling author Ruta Sepetys

“The novel is rich with well-researched detail, but it is the nuanced characters who really keep the pages turning.... In a divided world that feels hauntingly like our own, Berliners asks the all-important question: What would you do, or not do, for your family?” —The New York Times

★ "An excellent, nuanced piece of historical fiction." —The Horn Book, starred review 

"[Stamper's] portrayal of propaganda and how teens can easily fall prey to this kind of rhetoric is spot on." —Booklist

Product Details
ISBN: 9780593428375
ISBN-10: 0593428374
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 25th, 2022
Pages: 448
Language: English