Young Woman’s Journey to Save her Mother

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D.C. Hubbard pens new novel about a loving daughter, ‘The Peace Bridge’.

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D.C. Hubbard’s inspiration for her new novel, “The Peace Bridge” (published by iUniverse), came from her memory of a fellow student whom the author met in 1972 in Mainz, Germany. Hubbard only knew her fleetingly and remembers but three things about her: her name was Hannah, she had dark curls and she was Jewish. Hubbard had always wondered what had motivated Hannah to come to Germany. Not having the opportunity to find that out back then, Hubbard has created a story for her.

“The Peace Bridge” is about American graduate student Hannah Zimmer who travels to Mainz in 1972 to study. But a master’s degree is just a smokescreen. Hannah is on a mission to save her Jewish mother, and herself, from the unspoken traumas of the past. When she falls in love with the “enemy”, twice, she becomes one side of a love triangle, the consequences of which set her family on a course that leads to the brink of tragedy.

The author weaves her engaging story into the context of the Third Reich. Even now this dark period in 20th century history casts its long shadow. With so many people still grappling to comprehend those events, “The Peace Bridge” will strike a chord.

Asked about the overall theme of her book, Hubbard responded simply, “Reconciliation.” Hannah believes that if she can make her mother face the past and accept it as immutable, it will lose its power over her. In so doing, Hannah is determined to rescue the present and the future from its tyranny, for dwelling on past traumas only perpetuates them.

The characters in “The Peace Bridge” with their conflicts and flaws are drawn from life and embody universal human needs. “We have all experienced the pain of love and the loss of it, the desire to help someone close to us, and the need to understand who we are and where we’ve come from,” Hubbard explains. “My book is not the place to look for superheroes, but in her own way, Hannah is one.”

About the Author
D.C. Hubbard grew up in Buffalo, N.Y., near the Peace Bridge to Canada. Like Hannah, she left the U.S. to study in Mainz, Germany. She currently lives near Frankfurt. Her life as a permanent expat and her love affair with 20th century European history are the inspiration for her writing.

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