Synopses & Reviews
From the author of the classic erotic memoir Nine and a Half Weeks
comes a moving and profound exploration of the legacy of war and hate as one woman courageously comes to terms with her family's painful past.
Born in Austria at the height of World War II, Ingeborg Day grew up knowing little about the early years of her life. When she came to America in 1957, she heard for the first time of Hitler, Nazis, and the Holocaust—topics that were forbidden in her own house. After Day's father joined the Austrian army as part of the military band, he became an early member of the Nazi Party and was automatically incorporated into the SS after the Anschluss in 1938. But after the fall of the Third Reich, he refused to speak of his past.
Moving back and forth in time, from 1980s New York to World War I Austria under Kaiser Franz Josef, Day's memoir illuminates her country's painful history as well as her own memories of the war, the Russian and English occupations, and the strangely silent 1950s.
Ghost Waltz, Day's astonishing and beautiful memoir, tells of her efforts to understand the legacy of her Austrian past—one of haunting history mixed with ordinary family loyalty and affection.
About the Author
Ingeborg Day published Ghost Waltz in 1980, two years after she published Nine and a Half Weeks under the pseudonym Elizabeth McNeill. She was an editor at Ms. magazine when both books were published. She died in 2011 at the age of seventy.