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Published by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin"s Griffin in New York .
Written in English

Subjects:

  • Jewish refugees,
  • Child musicians,
  • Pianists,
  • Jewish families,
  • Immigrants,
  • Gifted persons,
  • Fiction

Book details:

Edition Notes

StatementFrieda Arkin
The Physical Object
Pagination258 p. ;
Number of Pages258
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL24670190M
ISBN 100312333560
ISBN 109780312333560
OCLC/WorldCa71845089

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Hedwig and Berti are German Jews fleeing the Holocaust. Gerda is their prodigy pianist daughter. Hedwig is the defining force of the Kessler family, but Berti and Gerda have their share of the story, as they are dragged from London to New York to Kansas by Hedwig. A quick, enjoyable and involving novel- /5(5). Hedwig and Berti is a saga of the totally unlikely marriage of a grandly Teutonic woman, Hedwig Kessler, and her diminutive cousin Berti, two upper-class German Jews forced to leave their homeland during the rise of the Nazis. They flee to London, then to New York Author: Frieda Arkin. Hedwig and Berti is a saga of the totally unlikely marriage of a grandly Teutonic woman, Hedwig Kessler, and her diminutive cousin Berti, two upper-class German Jews forced to leave their homeland during the rise of the Nazis. They flee to London, then to New York . I am recommending this fabulous book to every person I pass on the street." - Elinor Lipman, author of The Inn at Lake Devine and The Pursuit of Alice Thrift "An exhilarating and important work, Hedwig and Berti is a book of rare narrative energy. Frieda Arkin draws each of her characters with humor, sorrow, and the sharpest of prose.

Buy a cheap copy of Hedwig and Berti book by Frieda Arkin. "My new favorite novel. Characters and storytelling like this belong in the Fiction Hall of Fame, in the wing reserved for wry and sly masterpieces." Elinor Free shipping over $   "Berti has no English yet," Hedwig says, and turns to regard the room. The presence, the spaciousness of this Brunhilde in his sitting room has shrunk . Hedwig and Berti is a darkly humorous and clever novel that unfurls the saga of a grandly Teutonic woman, Hedwig Kessler, and her diminutive cousin/husband Berti. This is a story of prejudice taken to extremes, both within the severely class-conscious German-Jewish family and without.   "Hedwig and Berti" (Reviewed by Mary Whipple who seem to take over control of the book, just as Hedwig takes over control of everyone's life. Gerda, always at odds with her mother, is a ferocious child who quickly develops a passion for the piano and eventually becomes a prodigy, an extremely difficult one, as she is a "fury at the.

  I am recommending this fabulous book to every person I pass on the street." - Elinor Lipman, author of "The Inn at Lake Devine" and "The Pursuit of Alice Thrift""An exhilarating and important work, "Hedwig and Berti" is a book of rare narrative energy. Frieda Arkin draws each of her characters with humor, sorrow, and the sharpest of prose/5(). HEDWIG AND BERTI. by Frieda Arkin. BUY NOW FROM GET WEEKLY BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS: Email Address Subscribe. Tweet. KIRKUS REVIEW. German-Jewish couple escape the Holocaust but not their accursed heritage. Author: Frieda Arkin. Hedwig and Berti is a saga of the totally unlikely marriage of a grandly Teutonic woman, Hedwig Kessler, and her diminutive cousin Berti, two upper-class German Jews forced to leave their homeland during the rise of the Nazis. They flee to London, then to New York Brand: St. Martin's Press. Hedwig and Berti, their furious daughter, and all the other characters who move in and out of their lives are very peculiar indeed, and it is only when we look back on this glinting, unsparing novel that we can appreciate the role historic events may assume in misshaping our special little selves.5/5(1).