Two women, generations apart, in the spotlight. A powerful novel about family secrets, devastating choices, and hope for the future by the bestselling author of When I'm Gone.
Camera-shy Elise Branson is different from the other women in her maternal line. Her mother is an award-winning actress. Her late grandmother, Vivian Snow, is a beloved Hollywood icon. But when Elise's upcoming wedding coincides with a documentary being made about Vivian, Elise can't escape the camera's gaze. And neither can her grandmother, even in death.
It's 1943 when Vivian, a small-town Indiana girl, lends her home front support to the war effort. As a translator in the nearby Italian POW camp, she's invaluable. As a celebrated singer for the USO, she lifts men's spirits and falls in love with a soldier. But behind this all-American love story is a shocking secret--one that is vital to keep buried if Vivian is to achieve the fame and fortune she covets.
For Elise and Vivian, what's hidden--and what's exposed--threatens to unravel their lives. The heart-wrenching choices they must make will change them both forever.
About the Author
Emily Bleeker is the bestselling author of six novels. Combined, her books have reached more than two million readers. She is a two-time Whitney Award finalist as well as an Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestseller. Emily lives in the northern suburbs of Chicago with her husband, their kids, and her kitten/muse--Hazel. Between writing and being a mom, she performs with a local improv troupe, sings karaoke like no one is watching, and embraces her newfound addiction to running. Connect with her or request a Zoom visit with your book club at www.emilybleeker.com.
Carlotta Brentan is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.
An Audie nominee and two-time AudioFile Earphones Award winner, Eva Kaminsky has recorded over 250 audiobooks in a variety of genres, ranging from romance to sci-fi to children's stories. You can often hear her voice on television and radio ads for such products as Intel, Neulasta, and Publix Supermarkets, and see her on screen in shows including Billions, The Sinner, Chicago Med, Manifest, and the feature film The Dark Tower. Eva has worked extensively in theater, both on and Off-Broadway, as well as around the country. She spent all of 2019 in the Broadway company of Harry Potter & the Cursed Child. She lives in Washington Heights, NYC.
"As a novelist, Emily Bleeker has a genuinely impressive, narrative driven, and distinctive storytelling style that fully engages her readers from first page to last. Her latest novel, When We Were Enemies will have a special appeal to readers with in interest in comparative generational historical fiction at its very best. A memorable read throughout, When We Were Enemies is a highly recommended pick..." --The Historical Fiction Shelf, Midwest Book Review
"An original, fascinating, deftly crafted, and fun read from beginning to end, When We Were Enemies smoothly showcases author Emily Bleeker's undeniably impressive talents and her mastery of narrative driven storytelling." --The General Fiction Shelf, Midwest Book Review