A WASHINGTON POST BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
Set in Rome, Italy, and inspired by the true story of Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty, who, together with his accomplices, risked his life to smuggle thousands out of occupied Rome right under the nose of his Nazi nemesis, My Father's House is the extraordinary first installment in a trilogy of World War-II novels by best-selling author, Joseph O'Connor.
September 1943: German forces have Rome under their control. Gestapo boss Paul Hauptmann rules over the Eternal City with vicious efficiency. Hunger is widespread. Rumors fester. The war's outcome is far from certain. Diplomats, refugees, Jews, and escaped Allied prisoners flee for protection into Vatican City, a neutral, independent state nestled in the city of Rome. A small band of unlikely friends led by a courageous Irish priest is drawn into deadly battle of wits as they attempt to aid those seeking refuge.
Suspenseful and beautifully written, My Father's House tells an unforgettable story of love, faith, sacrifice, and courage.