From the Publisher
In Eva Marer’s posthumous novel, the eerily sensitive child narrator’s navigation of three cultures – American, German and Hungarian – is complicated by her capacity to remember things she herself never lived. Among Marer’s papers was this description of the book:
“History demands that we never forget, and yet we have forgotten. But some remember what they have never seen. This is the conundrum faced by the novel's seven-year-old protagonist, Mimi, who, as the narrative opens, is unable even to articulate her conflict: What is it to live a memory that is not your own?”
In a strikingly original take on the classic immigrant tale, love infuses history in such a way that, rather than being blunted or subdued with time, it takes on new life in the febrile mind of a overly imaginative child whose impassioned empathy for her father makes her feel his past suffering even more fervently than her own.