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TBT Feature Novel: Katia by Bruce Judisch

Happy Thursday, Reader Friends!!

​I have another TBT feature novel for you today. Today, we’re looking at Bruce Judisch’s Katia. ​Have you read it? If not, check out the information below, and don’t forget to add it to your TBR pile!

About the Book


From the back cover: ​”Seek the truth, embrace the pain, cherish the freedom.”

​Spirited Madeline “Maddy” McAllister is a twenty-one year-old journalism major completing her year as an exchange student at the Freie Universtität, in Berlin, Germany. She has a career to launch.

Stalwart Katia Mahler is a sixty year-old German invalid who grew up in post-World War II East Berlin. She has a story to tell.

Enigmatic Oskar Schultmann brings together the journalist and the storyteller. Maddy’s task: to chronicle Katia Mahler’s life.

All three of them discover more to Katia’s story than they bargained for.

Cultures and generations clash, as the young American and the German matron strive to understand each other’s present and past. Maddy learns more than a personal history; Katia receives more than a memoir. And always in the background is Oskar, who gets drawn into the story in ways he never intended.

Peek behind the Iron Curtain and over the Berlin Wall as Katia’s story—the story of a lost generation from a failed state—comes to life through the scribbled notes of a girl struggling to grasp the significance of what she has written for her own life as well as for future generations.

​Purchase: Amazon

Add to TBR pile: Goodreads

About the Author


Bruce has been writing fiction for many years. His first work, “A Prophet’s Tale,” is a two-part novelization of the story of the Old Testament prophet, Jonah ben Amittai, comprising ​The Journey Begun and The Word Fulfilled. ​A third part, The Promised Kept, is under construction. More recently he wrote Katia ​and its sequel For Maria, ​both with contemporary and 20th-century historical storyline.

​Bruce participated in the events surrounding the opening of the Berlin Wall while stationed in the city from 1989-1992 with the U.S. Air Force. He witnessed a scene near Checkpoint Charlie that inspired Katia and is featured in the novel. KENS Channel 5, San Antonio’s local CBD affiliate, interviewed Bruce concerning the “Fall of the Wall,” and featured Katia ​on November 9, 2010, the 21st anniversary of that historic event. 

Connect and follow Mr. Judisch at: ​Website, Facebook, Goodreads 

3 thoughts on “TBT Feature Novel: Katia by Bruce Judisch”

    1. Thanks, Becky. I loved writing Katia. There are so many special things about it for me. If you’re interested, when you read the book, I’d love to share some of them with you. 🙂
      Cheers! Bruce


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