Monday, September 14, 2009

2009 book 194

Jenna Blum's Those Who Save Us
I was more than halfway through this when I put it down to read Catching Fire, and I didn't mind much, since it's a middling and generally implausible story. It's the sort of book Jewish book groups will read, but it wouldn't be one of their better selections. Anyway, it flits back and forth between WWII--when a young German girl gets romantically involved with a Jewish doctor and gets pregnant--and the 1990s, when their daughter, a German historian in America, starts a project to document the German wartime experience. You just spend the whole book waiting for the daughter to find out the truth, and when it finally happens, it's totally anti-climactic. B-.

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