Rainbow Snippets is remembering the war

It’s Remembrance Sunday tomorrow, which makes it particularly apt that my sombre (but hopeful) super-quick read set in the aftermath of WW2, Wild Flowers of Berlin, is out today.

When I was researching this story, I watched colour footage of Berlin in the immediate post-war period, and it struck me powerfully how much of the city was reduced to piles of rubble – street upon street of endless grey.

So here’s a (rainbow) snippet, with Henny reflecting on how her home city has changed:

Ruth won’t remember the times before the devil took our country and our people’s hearts, not as I do. So many clubs, like the Dorian Gray and the Topp-Keller, where you could buy a drink and watch handsome women singing in drag, and where pretty boys picked up foreigners for love and money. Berlin was beautiful then, gleaming white and red and gold. Now, the pretty boys are all dead and the clubs long since closed down or destroyed. I had a lover then, Anna, with cornflower eyes and wide, red lips that laughed and swore and kissed me with equal abandon. When she was killed in the bombings of 43, I thought my heart died with her.

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Wild Flowers of Berlin

In post-WW2 Berlin, Henny grieves for her fallen lover, Anna, killed by an Allied bomb. As she joins other women rebuilding their shattered city from its ash-grey ruins, Henny recalls happier times and finds her eye caught by a young woman in a green dress. Ruth is too young to remember the heyday of pre-war Berlin, when the bars were full of handsome women and pretty boys—but perhaps her youthful spirit and optimism can bring Henny to hope for the future.

This super-quick read first appeared in the Call to Arms anthology

Available in ebook: JMS Books | Amazon

About jlmerrow

JL Merrow is that rare beast, an English person who refuses to drink tea. She read Natural Sciences at Cambridge, where she learned many things, chief amongst which was that she never wanted to see the inside of a lab ever again. Her one regret is that she never mastered the ability of punting one-handed whilst holding a glass of champagne. She writes across genres, with a preference for contemporary gay romance and the paranormal, and is frequently accused of humour. Find JL Merrow online at: www.jlmerrow.com
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9 Responses to Rainbow Snippets is remembering the war

  1. Beautiful, heart-breaking description. In recent years, I’ve started reading about the thriving culture and arts in Weimar Germany and what was lost…you’ve captured it with bittersweet exquisiteness from one person’s personal perspective.

  2. Brenda says:

    Love this snippet and the description is heartrending. Well done.

  3. Lovely descriptions…making the scene all the sadder. 💔

  4. smithandskarry1 says:

    Oh my goodness you have me almost in tears! This is so beautiful and heartbreaking all at once, you transported me right into that world from the first sentence! -heart-

  5. Lovely and heartbreaking.

  6. janadenardo says:

    Oh wow the description and emotion in this is so lovely and heartbreaking.

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