THE READER (2008) - Post-WWII Germany: Nearly a decade after his affair with an older woman came to a mysterious end, law student Michael Berg re-encounters his former lover as she defends herself in a war-crime trial.
A Swedish tourist opens a bookstore in Broken Wheel, Iowa, to honor her deceased pen pal and makes some unconventional choices that threaten to bring long-hidden secrets to light as she attempts to share her love of reading with the locals.
The story is a parable, dealing with the difficulties post-war German generations have had comprehending the Holocaust; aimed specifically at the German generation who came after WWII. The novel was featured in Oprah's Book Club in 1999) and made into a 2008 movie. It became the first German book to top The New York Times bestselling books list. It has been translated into 37 languages and included in the curricula of college-level courses in Holocaust literature.