Frau Professor Doktor Elisabeth Rother is self-centered, cynical, sarcastic, and incorrigibly antisemitic. A German army nurse in WWI, she marries a Jewish surgeon after he converts to Catholicism. To Elisabeth’s dismay, their racially impure daughter grows up to marry a Jewish professor and has two children, a boy too intelligent for his own good and a rebellious daughter. In the formidable voice of her grandmother, the author pushes the boundaries of autobiographical fiction in a novel that is, and is not, based on her family history.
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