This is the moving story of a brother and a sister caught in the tide of the Cold War.
Kathe is a Jewish sculptor living in East Berlin. A survivor of the Nazi era, she is a fervent socialist who has been using her political connections to secure more significant commissions.
Devoted entirely to success, she is a cruel and abrasive mother to her children.
She barely acknowledges Ella's vulnerable loneliness and Thomas' quiet aspirations, and her hard-nosed brutality forces her children to build an imaginary world as a shelter from the coldness that surrounds them.
As the Berlin Wall goes up, dreams are shattered, lives fall apart and this dark fairytale of East Germany unfolds.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 336 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 06/11/2014
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099572251