The Crooked Maid

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Vienna, 1948. The war is over, and as the initial phase of de-Nazification winds down, the citizens of Vienna struggle to rebuild their lives amidst the rubble.

Anna Beer returns to the city she fled nine years earlier after discovering her husband's infidelity. She has come back to find him and, perhaps, to forgive him. Traveling on the same train from Switzerland is 18-year-old Robert Seidel, a schoolboy summoned home to his stepfather's sickbed and the secrets of his family's past.

As Anna and Robert navigate an unrecognizable city, they cross paths with a war-widowed American journalist, a hunchbacked young servant girl, and a former POW whose primary purpose is to survive by any means and to forget. Meanwhile, in the shells of burned-out houses and beneath the bombed-out ruins, a ghost of a man, his head wrapped in a red scarf, battles demons from his past and hides from a future deeply uncertain for all.

In The Crooked Maid, Dan Vyleta returns to the shadows of war-darkened Vienna, proving himself once again "a magical storyteller, master of the macabre" (David Park).

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Title:The Crooked Maid
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  • Aditi

    “The world is full enough of hurts and mischances without wars to multiply them.” ----J.R.R. TolkienDan Vyleta, a Czech author, has penned a thrilling and compelling novel called, The Crooked Ma...

  • Susan

    This is set nine years after, “The Quiet Twin,” and, although not a sequel as such, it helps if you have read the earlier book as many characters from that book feature or are mentioned. It is 19...

  • Krista

    What an amazing experience is The Crooked Maid. I picked it up because it made the Giller Prize shortlist, and judged alongside the other books I've read on that list so far, this would have been my c...

  • Liviu

    Loose sequel to The Quiet Twin and a suspensful edge on the seat read that kept me turning the pages till the great ending; superb characters in Anna de Beer, Robert Siedel, Annelise (the crooked back...

  • Shirley Schwartz

    This is a macabre but a fascinating story set in post WWII Vienna. This book was a 2013 Giller Prize finalist, and an odds-on favourite to take the coveted prize. It didn't win the prize, but it certa...

  • JenniferD

    this was my first time reading dan vyleta and i thought this book very strong. i do wish, now, that i had read his previous novel, The Quiet Twin: A Novel, first. while each book can stand alone, char...

  • Carrie Smith

    The Crooked Maid by Canadian writer Dan Vyleta is a murder mystery set in 1948 post war Vienna. The Third Reich has fallen and the Cold War is just beginning and a young Robert Seidel is returning hom...

  • John

    I'm not usually one for historical fiction, but this book held my interest well, although I was flagging a bit by the end. I have not read The Quiet Twin, set nine years earlier (pre-war vs. post-war)...

  • Chaitra

    I learned after reading The Crooked Maid that this book had some characters who first appeared or were connected with Vyleta's previous novel The Quiet Twin. It's not a break the deal situation, as th...

  • Natalie

    In his afterword, Vyleta explains that he is trying to create a world in his book. While he indeed accomplishes this, it just wasn't a world I loved being in. He spends a considerable amount of time o...