#1 New York Times bestseller and winner of the Carnegie Medal A superlative novel . . . masterfully crafted.-- The Wall Street Journal Based on the forgotten tragedy that was six times deadlier than the Titanic .-- Time Winter 1945. WWII. Four refugees. Four stories. Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies, war. As thousands desperately flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff , a ship that promises safety and freedom. But not all promises can be kept . . . This paperback edition includes book club questions and exclusive interviews with Wilhelm Gustloff survivors and experts.