Kaethe's journey from America to the broken ground of contemporary Germany becomes an act of recovery: of the lives intertwined by politics and passion, of memory and the invented self, and of Kaethe's search for a daughter lost to her, now grown and living in uncompromising isolation from her mother's past and present, somewhere in vast, resurgent Berlin.
©2003 Kai Maristed
"The prose is stupendous as Maristed's entangled layers of plot allow a look at modern Berlin through the eyes of its turbulent past." (Booklist)
Save your credit for something better. This tedious story is told from shifting times, so I kept feeling lost and disinterested. I could not identify with any of the characters, or even like them. I was so happy to finally reach the ending so I could try something else. The reader is my favorite which is why I chose the book.
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