I’ve never read a book that took place in Uruguay before. All I knew about it is that Uruguayos have my favorite Spanish accent. It’s like Argentina’s Italian slanted castellano, but softer. Unfortunately Uruguayan dissidents didn’t have a much softer time of it than their compañeros across the Rio de la Plata in the 1970s.
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Why is it I can never do my favorite books justice when it comes to reviews? I've been telling everyone to read this book about a young woman teaching ESL after having left Columbia University for St. Luke's psych ward for treatment for bipolar disorder. She somewhat inexplicably falls in love with one of her students, a Chinese dissident. The story is told half in Morningside Heights just post-Tiananmen and St. Luke's and half in Beijing at the turn of the 21st century. I loved reading it, but why? The writing is really good. Want some quotations...
This is a lovely and often moving story of a German-American mother and daughter. The former is trying to ignore her deeds good and not-so-good in Weimar, Germany before and during World War II, and the latter, a historian, trying to discover and understand her mother's generation's experiences and behaviors in the Nazi regime. The story goes back and forth between daughter Trudy's modern day interview project and mother Anna's youthful struggles with love and providing for her daughter.