The Zookeeper's Wife
A War Story
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The movie The Zookeeper’s Wife, based on the New York Times bestselling book, opens March 2017.
1939: the Germans have invaded Poland. The keepers of the Warsaw zoo, Jan and Antonina Zabinski, survive the bombardment of the city, only to see the occupiers ruthlessly kill many of their animals. The Nazis then carry off the prized specimens to Berlin for their program to create the “purest” breeds, much as they saw themselves as the purest human race. Opposed to all the Nazis represented, the Zabinskis risked their lives by hiding Jews in the now-empty animal cages, saving as many as three hundred people from extermination. Acclaimed, best-selling author Diane Ackerman, fascinated both by the Zabinskis’ courage and by Antonina’s incredible sensitivity to all living beings, tells a moving and dramatic story of the power of empathy and the strength of love.
A Focus Features release, it is directed by Niki Caro, written by Angela Workman.
- February 2017
- 5.5 × 8.3 in
/ 384 pages
- Sales Territory: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.
Endorsements & Reviews
“It is no stretch to say that this is the book Ackerman was meant to write.” — Los Angeles Times
“Diane Ackerman has surpassed even herself in her latest book, which is alternatingly funny, moving, and terrifying. This powerful thriller would be a great novel--except that it is true.” — Jared Diamond
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