2014 Debut Authors Bash: Anne Blankman

I'm thrilled today to be part of the 2014 Debut Authors Bash organized by YA Reads! I'm very lucky to be hosting one of the most awesome debut authors of this year, Anne Blankman. I've already raved plenty about her debut, Prisoner of Night and Fog, I know. But trust me when I say that you're going to want to stick around for this post. Anne is here with a dream cast for what could be an awesome (hypothetical, as of now) movie version of her book!

First, in case you haven't heard yet (have you been living under a rock?), some info about the book:
Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman.

Prisoner of Night and Fog #1.
Published: April 22, 2014
by: Blazer + Bray.

Goodreads Synopsis:
In 1930s Munich, danger lurks behind dark corners, and secrets are buried deep within the city. But Gretchen Müller, who grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her "uncle" Dolf, has been shielded from that side of society ever since her father traded his life for Dolf's, and Gretchen is his favorite, his pet.

Uncle Dolf is none other than Adolf Hitler. And Gretchen follows his every command.

Until she meets a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter named Daniel Cohen. Gretchen should despise Daniel, yet she can't stop herself from listening to his story: that her father, the adored Nazi martyr, was actually murdered by an unknown comrade. She also can't help the fierce attraction brewing between them, despite everything she's been taught to believe about Jews. As Gretchen investigates the very people she's always considered friends, she must decide where her loyalties lie. Will she choose the safety of her former life as a Nazi darling, or will she dare to dig up the truth—even if it could get her and Daniel killed?

From debut author Anne Blankman comes this harrowing and evocative story about an ordinary girl faced with the extraordinary decision to give up everything she's ever believed . . . and to trust her own heart instead.

Now for Anne's dream cast. I think she made some fantastic choices, especially her pick for Hitler himself. I think that could be a stellar performance. Also, her choice for Daniel is quite the hottie. Nicely done, Anne. As if I needed more convincing to like him!

Chloe Grace Moretz at Gretchen Müller, a seventeen-year-old student who's part of Adolf Hitler's inner circle. For most of her life, she's adored her honorary "Uncle Dolf," but she's about to learn a horrifying secret that will change her life forever...

Luke Grimes as Daniel Cohen, a mysterious, Jewish reporter who has recently uncovered shocking information about Gretchen's father's death. Gretchen isn't sure if she can trust one of Uncle Dolf's sworn enemies--but she also can't deny the growing attraction between them.

Bradley James as Reinhard Müller, Gretchen's sadistic older brother who's been disappearing a lot lately on Nazi Party business and just may be hiding a dangerous secret of his own.

Abigail Breslin as Eva Braun, Gretchen's best friend and a teenage camera apprentice in Hitler's favorite photographer's shop.

Ginnifer Goodwin as Geli Raubal, Hitler's beloved half niece who shares his luxurious Munich apartment.

Geoffrey Rush as Ernst Hanfstaengl, Gretchen's boss at Nazi Party headquarters.

And Kevin Spacey as Adolf Hitler, the most famous politician in Munich. The Nazi Party has just begun surging ahead in the polls, and Hitler is currently campaigning for the presidency. Ever since she was a little girl, Gretchen has adored him but now, as his star is on the rise, she must choose if she wishes to continue following him--or investigate her father's death, no matter where the answers will lead her.


  1. I love the casting! I haven't read the book yet but just reading the brief descriptions paired with the actors' pictures makes me feel like they are excellent! Chloe Grace Moritz even looks like the cover model! I love historical fiction but sometimes stray from harder subject matter. Getting pretty convinced to read Prisoner of Night and Fog though. Oh, and my maiden name is Cohen! A lovely but common Jewish surname ;)

    1. I think Anne's casting is excellent, too! And Chloe totally does look like the cover model, you're right! I think this would be an incredible movie with this casting, even though it does cover some tough subject matter! As a book, it's definitely worth the read. And I have to admit that Cohen always makes me think of The O.C. and Seth Cohen ;)

  2. I love the casting and could totally see Kevin Spacey as Hitler.

    1. Right? I never would have thought of that myself but now that it's in my head I think he would be absolutely perfect for the part!


I'd love to hear what you think!