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The Speed of Light by Elizabeth Rosner
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Apr 11, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction

** spoiler alert ** Julian and Paula are the adult children of a father who survived the Holocaust. Julian is a recluse who has internalized the traumas of his father, but Paula is a vibrant opera singer. When Paula leaves for a tour of European opera houses, she asks her housekeeper, Sola, to keep an eye on Julian. Sola is the only survivor of the Mexican government's massacre of her village. Julian and Sola begin to heal through their tentative friendship. This is a lovely, poetic novel, although I wished for more action, for the author to push the characters farther. I liked the fact that the author made Sola a survivor of a massacre in Mexico. I feel like the Holocaust is overused in fiction, as a sort of shorthand for terrible human tragedy, but you don't read much about the atrocities that have occurred in the Latin American world.

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