Narrative Nonfiction Review: Maybe Esther
Author: Katja Petrowskaja
Source: from publisher for review
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Summary: The sentence-level writing in this book was beautiful and I enjoyed the unique look at WWII history, but parts were too surreal or too poetic for me to follow.
Ruminating. Obsessive. Anxious. These are the words that come to mind if I try to capture Maybe Esther in just one word. There are obvious subject matter words I could reach for – Holocaust, family, WWII. These feel generic to me though. The unique part of this book is the style and tone in which it’s told. It made me feel as though I had joined the author in a claustrophobic room, pacing around her memories of her ancestors and the horrors inflicted on them during WWII. Read more »