Hide one child in your coat,
and you save yourself.

Hide two, and you alter the universe.

On Sale August 8, 2024

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About The Crush of Wine and War

The Crush of Wine and War is a WWII story told from a unique perspective and deals with events and emotions largely unexplored, set against the myth of Austria’s victimization by Hitler and the reality of its complicity with the Third Reich, and the complicity of the Catholic Church.

About Molly

Molly Fumia attended Santa Clara University and The Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. She is a seventh generation native Californian. She married into an Italian family of fruit farmers and has six children. The Crush of Wine and War is her first Historical Fiction novel.


Praise for Molly's Books

Here is a book of exquisite honesty and profound depth... Along the way grief becomes a dance in the dark and suffering turns to love.

—Sue Monk Kidd on Safe Passage

Is there a remedy to grief?  Molly Fumia's moving words... are both inspired and inspiring.

—Elie Wiesel on Safe Passage

This is a story that will break your heart and make it whole again. It will bring you into realms of humanness and compassion you didn't know you had. It might even set you free to love in ways you've never loved before.

—Helen Prejean, Dead Man Walking, on
 Honor Thy Children

From great tragedies emerge stories of people showing exceptional strength. Molly Fumia brings to life one of those stories with her writing about a family robbed of its children through AIDS and violence.  It is a story worth reading and a strength worth witnessing."

—Donald P. Francis, M.D., former director of the Center for Disease Control AIDS Laboratory Activities on Honor Thy Children

A rich, personal testimony to the fact that death cannot negate the ultimacy of love..., sensitively acquainting us with the unbelievable magnitude of a single death, yet also extracting from it an infinite blessing."

—Robert McAfee Brown  on
A PIece of My Heart

The Crush of Wine and War is the extraordinary story of two families taking on the Nazi Empire... I found it a beautifully written and irresistible read.

—Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, Archdiocese of Detroit

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Molly’s Research Photos from The Crush of Wine and War

Hotel Metropole with view of Donaukanal

Molly's Behind the Scenes Essay

The Crush of Wine and War began with my unexpected, often humbling, and deeply appreciated  relationship with Elie Wiesel, perhaps the most celebrated Holocaust author of all time and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.  Our friendship sent me careening into years of holocaust study.