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The Speed of Light by Elizabeth Rosner
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Aug 01, 09

Read in January, 2009

This novel has 3 narrators: a brother & sister, children of a Holocaust survivor who refused to talk to them about his Holocaust experience; and a housekeeper who was the sole survivor of a Latin American army's destruction of her village. All 3 have very different ways of coping with their inherited grief. The sister throws herself into her life out in the world as an opera singer; the brother almost totally withdraws from the world (I identified with him more than a normal person should); the other character responded more typically, if such a thing can be said. The sections were so short (just a few paragraphs at a time in each voice) that I initially found it difficult to get inside the characters & their stories, but eventually the relationship between the housekeeper & the reclusive brother emerged as a warm & powerfully moving story.
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