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Floating in My Mothers Palmby Ursula Hegi
Synopses & Reviews
Floating in My Mother's Palm is the compelling and mystical story of Hanna Malter, a young girl growing up in 1950's Burgdorf, the small German town Ursula Hegi so brilliantly brought to life in her bestselling novel Stones from the River. Hanna's courageous voice evokes her unconventional mother, who swims during thunderstorms; the illegitimate son of an American GI, who learns from Hanna about his father; and the librarian, Trudi Montag, who lets Hanna see her hometown from a dwarf's extraordinary point of view. Although Ursula Hegi wrote Floating in My Mother's Palm first, it can be read as a sequel to Stones from the River.
"Ursula Heggi recreates childhood and history in this poised and lyrical book." Hilma Wolitzer
"[Hegi] has created an absolutely correct postwar Germany with all its forbidden questions and mysterious behavior, all its squalor, loss and longing." Los Angeles Times
"Sometimes charming, sometimes deeply moving...Hannah Malter, an adolescent trying to make sense of the disturbing world around her, emerges as a strong and authentic presence." J. M. Coetzee
"A graceful, lyrical, heartbreaking book that offers many pleasures, not the least of which is the opportunity to read a very talented author writing at the top of her form, telling stories she seems born to tell in a voice that is completely her own. Marvelous." Alice McDermott
"A treasure of a book. At once amazingly delicate and eerily powerful, it envelopes the reader in the raw, painful, and poignant life of a small town in post-war Germany — benumbed, bewildered, and, sadly, not much the wiser. Ursula Heggi is a beautiful writer with much truth to tell." Lynne Sharon Schwartz
"If Stravinsky were a writer, I imagine he would have written a book such as this, for Ursula Heggi gathers all the tonal moods and emotional power to her work that we would expect of music that moves us to appreciate our hearts and souls and their troubling complexity." Bob Shacochis
A moving account of Hanna Malter, a young girl growing up in a small town in Germany in the 1950s, a time when Adolf Hitler isn't mentioned in history classes--or by anyone in town.
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