Madzy Brender à Brandis came from a sheltered background, but she was an independent-minded and adventurous young woman. She studied law, and before the war she lived for a few years in the U.S., where she began writing. None of this, however, prepared her for the deprivations and dangers of life in the wartime Netherlands.
Marianne Brandis is a full-time professional writer of fiction and non-fiction; most of her books have a strong historical element. www.mariannebrandis.ca.
An ordinary task like grocery shopping becomes far from ordinary when there are warplanes roaring and diving overhead. From 1942 to 1945 Madzy Brender à Brandis recorded what life was like for herself and her two small children in the Netherlands during the German occupation.