Monday, December 04, 2006

German Money by Lev Raphael

Michigan author Raphael begins his story around Traverse City where Paul Menkus, a passive university librarian, escapes from every day life. When he returns to Ann Arbor and turns on his cell phone he discovers that his mother, a women he hasn’t talked to in a many years has died. He missed the funeral, but returns to his mother’s home, Manhattan, to meet with his beautiful but difficult sister and his bisexual brother and to close his mother’s estate. His mother was a Holocaust survivor and he is the sole heir of her reparations-based fortune, which brings him into conflict with his younger siblings. German Money is a fascinating commentary on the psychological dynamics of a family living with the legacy of the Holocaust. German Money is one of those rare books where plot and character development both reign.


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