I am currently reading my way through a long list of science fiction and fantasy titles. (http://www.npr.org/2011/08/07/138938145/science-fiction-and-fantasy-finalists if you are interested in the list).
A real life book club selection, or I would never pick up a book about WW2.
Beautiful writing helps.
Reminds me of The Book Thief in that the reader learns about being a poor German during the war.
This will never be a favourite, but I'm relieved that its as readable as it is.