Sep 20, 11
Read from August 25 to September 02, 2011 — I own a copy, read count: 1
Powerful book, painful to read.
This is the story of a daughter-mother relationship with two settings: Anna's (mother) story of her life during World War II and Trudy's (daughter) as a professor studying German Civilian culture. Both mother and daughter are non-communicative, stoic, private women. Trudy is down right COLD (no remorse, no sentimentality, no empathizing with her mother's situation) when she puts her mother in a nursing home after her father's death. Trudy often lacks any sense of humor, which is demonstrated when describes her while lecturing at U of Minn. Trudy does soften and grow emotionally was she conducts interviews with German Civilains during WWII and when she dates one of her interviewees. The most painful parts of the book are the retelling of Anna's story. She falls in love with a Jewish doctor, hides him, and then makes several painful choices about her life in the small German town that she hids from her daughter until the close of the book. Can't say more or I'll ruin the story.
I really liked how as a reader one relives these women's lives. These two woman are not always likable people, but their story is very moving.