"A richly textured panorama of German and Russian life…This ample novel lives most memorably through Baram's vignettes of people, dwellings, cities, landscapes and the like that seem to lie, at times, at the periphery of its central concerns."—Sydney Morning Herald
‘A groundbreaker…Riveting reading.‘—Qantas Magazine
‘Astonishingly powerful…[a] compelling, important story.’—The Listener, NZ
‘Precise and evocative, Good People is a riveting glimpse into a different place and a different time.’——Canberra Weekly
‘The tale of ordinary, middle-class lives sucked into a moral maelstrom. It is compulsive and profoundly disturbing.’—Sunday Star Times
It's late 1938. Thomas Heiselberg has built a career in Berlin as a market researcher for an American advertising company.
In Leningrad, twenty-two-year-old Sasha Weissberg has grown up eavesdropping on the intellectual conversations in her parents' literary salon.
They each have grand plans for their lives. Neither of them thinks about politics too much, but after catastrophe strikes they will have no choice.
Thomas puts his research skills to work elaborating Nazi propaganda. Sasha persuades herself that working as a literary editor of confessions for Stalin's secret police is the only way to save her family.
When destiny brings them together, they will have to face the consequences of the decisions they have made.
Good People is a tour de force that has been showered with praise in many countries.