This House Is Mine

This House Is Mine

Book - 2016
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Long-listed for the 2018 International DUBLIN Literary Award

All her life Vera has felt like a stranger in the old and drafty half-timbered farmhouse she arrived at as a five-year-old refugee from East Prussia in 1945, and yet she can't seem to let it go. Sixty years later, her niece Anne suddenly shows up at her door with her small son. Anne has fled the trendy Hamburg, Germany neighborhood she never fit into after her relationship imploded. Vera and Anne are strangers to each other but have much more in common than they think. As the two strong-willed and very different women share the great old house, they find what they have never thought to search for: a family.

Told in skillfully crafted alternating points of view and a nonlinear storyline, D#65533;rte Hansen's internationally bestselling debut novel This House is Mine showcases her impressive talent for characterization and dialogue in an exceptional book that combines emotional depth and humor. The author's sparse language and sometimes oblique references make for a deeply immersive reading experience, and the characters will resonate long after the last page has been turned.

Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2016
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250100856
Branch Call Number: F HAN
Characteristics: 325 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Sep 19, 2017

So well-written, such great characters ... I enjoyed reading it a lot. But overall, I just couldn't love it. I think that was mainly because I couldn't stand how the women all seemed to sleep around (I didn't think it was at all necessary for the story), and also, it saddened me when the characters stopped believing in God. It's a translation of a German novel, and I loved all the German-ness in it, but also the universal character traits that are just as common here. It takes place over several years, with many characters, but I never found it difficult to understand or hard to follow. It's mainly chronological with a few jumps here and there. I did think it ended too quickly and I wanted to know more about what happened to Vera and Anne. I recommend this for people who like reading about interesting characters and family stories.

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