My reviewrating: 4 of 5 stars
Hmmm. I wish I could give this more like 3.5 stars.
I read this book for a book club that women of my synagogue are starting. It is our initial book. Once I realized the book was written from the perspective of Germans during the Holocaust in Weimar I was a bit confused by the choice, but continued on with an open mind. The author is a German Jew.
Overall I enjoyed the book. It is definitely a page turner and a fast read for anyone who loves to devote a few hours to reading at a time. I just never felt like I really got behind the two protagonists — a German woman who was in her early 20s during World War II and her daughter who was born during that time. No other characters are really developed. As the supporting cast comes in and out of their lives, I was left wanting to know more about them and their fates, but the author didn't answer many of my questions. When she did, it was perfunctory and without much elaboration.
By the end of the book — the climax of which I thought was a little hasty — I had decided it was a good choice for our book club, though I wish the author had the characters delve a bit more into their Jewish origins and relationships.
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