(From the publisher):
In the form of a letter to her unborn child, a young woman delves into her past. Through her narrative she resurrects specters that still haunt her life: her mother, who wandered into a river and never returned; her violent, domineering father; and the chaos of post-war Germany. Born in 1945 to Russian parents, she and her family had fled from the famine zone of the war-ravaged Ukraine and ended up in Germany.
Always an outsider, the girl's perspective on the tyranny of society and of language, and on the adolescent's desperate need to belong is clear-eyed, moving and unspoiled by self-pity. As the post-war West German economic miracle gains momentum and the culture of America—1950s nylon blouses and blue jeans—inflitrates her provincial town, her status as an alien becomes increasingly oppressive.
Original title: Einmal lebt ich
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Ethnic And Multicultural→ Immigrant
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Regional Interest