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The Other Me

The Other Me

Saskia Sarginson

Flatiron Books

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Sometimes it is the people we think we know the best who surprise us the most.

1986, London: Klaudia is about to start high school. She’s embarrassed by her German father—he’s the janitor at her school, he has a funny accent and a limp. And when the kids at school taunt her by saying he was a Nazi during the war, she can’t dispute them with confidence. She’s never known exactly what he may or may not have done during the war. It is a period of time no one will ever discuss.

1995, Leeds: Eliza is in love. She has dropped out of university to pursue her passion—dance. But then talented artist Cosmo comes along and soon Eliza realizes that she might have room in her life for two loves. But can she really continue to lie to everyone around her? And why is she so afraid of the truth?

1930s, Germany: Two brothers are trying to fend for themselves during the chaos of the rise of the Third Reich. One brother rallies for the Fuhrer, one holds back. One is seemingly good, one bad. But history seems to tell a completely different story.

All of these characters’ fates will collide in a novel that explores what we are ultimately willing to do for love. Saskia Sarginson hypnotically examines whether our identities are tied to where we’ve come from in a captivating mystery that shows how sometimes history doesn’t tell the true story.

KLAUDIA

1986, London



ALL THROUGH THE LONG DRAG of summer my stomach knotted and unraveled when I thought about what was going to happen in September. I’d circled the date on the calendar in red felt-tip with pink stars...

Praise for The Other Me

“I raced through The Other Me in just a few short sittings. Part coming-of-age story, part consuming family history, and part gripping mystery, The Other Me deftly moves between WWII Germany and London, nearly half a century later, until the storylines collide. This enthralling read will keep you up long into the night.”
—Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood

The Other Me is the kind of novel I adore, precisely because it crept up on me and I suddenly realized I was hooked and couldn’t put it down. I loved the complex relationship between the brothers and all the uncertainty surrounding them. The difficult decisions they were forced to make during the war were so intriguing. The love story is wonderful. And I was rooting for Klaudia and Eliza from the very beginning. It’s an incredibly thought-provoking book. All in all, I loved The Other Me. It’s a beautifully written, gripping novel.”
—Louise Walters, author of Mrs. Sinclair’s Suitcase

“There are some books which are so compelling, the plots so engaging and the writing so perfectly paced and accessible that simply captivate the reader, and this for me was one such book…Tragic, haunting and affecting, it’s a truly immersive emotional experience and a read that you’ll want to share and discuss.”
We Love This Book (UK)

“This book blew me away. It was brilliant. Compelling, emotional, and heartbreaking.”
—BookThing (UK)

“Gripping and spectacular, The Other Me by Saskia … More…

“I raced through The Other Me in just a few short sittings. Part coming-of-age story, part consuming family history, and part gripping mystery, The Other Me deftly moves between WWII Germany and London, nearly half a century later, until the storylines collide. This enthralling read will keep you up long into the night.”
—Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood

The Other Me is the kind of novel I adore, precisely because it crept up on me and I suddenly realized I was hooked and couldn’t put it down. I loved the complex relationship between the brothers and all the uncertainty surrounding them. The difficult decisions they were forced to make during the war were so intriguing. The love story is wonderful. And I was rooting for Klaudia and Eliza from the very beginning. It’s an incredibly thought-provoking book. All in all, I loved The Other Me. It’s a beautifully written, gripping novel.”
—Louise Walters, author of Mrs. Sinclair’s Suitcase

“There are some books which are so compelling, the plots so engaging and the writing so perfectly paced and accessible that simply captivate the reader, and this for me was one such book…Tragic, haunting and affecting, it’s a truly immersive emotional experience and a read that you’ll want to share and discuss.”
We Love This Book (UK)

“This book blew me away. It was brilliant. Compelling, emotional, and heartbreaking.”
—BookThing (UK)

“Gripping and spectacular, The Other Me by Saskia Sarginson is storytelling at its best.”
—Sarah Jio, New York Times bestselling author of The Look of Love

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Saskia Sarginson

SASKIA SARGINSON was awarded an MA in Creative Writing after a BA in English Literature from Cambridge University. Before becoming a full-time author, she was a health and beauty editor on women's magazines, a ghost writer for the BBC and HarperCollins, and a copy-writer and script editor. She lives in south London with her four children. Her first novel, THE TWINS, was chosen for the Richard & Judy autumn bookclub 2013 and received outstanding international review coverage.

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