A true search for the past reminiscent of jonathan safran foers everything is illuminated daniel mendelsohns the lost and michael chabons moonglow maybe esther is a poignant haunting investigation of the effects of history on one family. Maybe esther a family story katja petrowskaja shelley frisch on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers an inventive unique and extraordinarily moving debut memoir that pieces together the fascinating story of one womans family across twentieth century russia. Katja petrowskaja maybe esther calls to mind the itinerant style of wg sebald photograph christian jungeblodt for the guardian in 1941 an elderly woman who might have been called esther . Maybe esther dwells between memory and oblivion among the maybes what ifs shoulds and coulds of historyas she desperately tries to extract these last storytellers from their chosen oblivion petrowskaja assumes their forsaken role bearing witness to events that she can only just imagine. Maybe esther is a literary memoir of a smart woman born in the soviet union and living in germany researching her eastern european and mostly jewish family tree along the way we get to know about some of the people in her family but the motivation of this book seems to be more about the process of and emotional response to the discovery of
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