When you read a book and you physically feel the pain of separation as you turn the last page, you know you’ve read a good book. I was heartbroken when I finished this, and I long for the author to write more!
Set in the Weimar Republic (Germany between the wars — which is a period I know little about) this books follows Lilly Nelly Aphrodite from birth. A turbulent childhood leaves her in an orphanage, where she meets her best friend Hanne. Together they grow up, learning more about the world than any young girl should. Their first experiences are with World War I, and the desperate times that followed. But the roaring 20s were just as roaring in Berlin as the States, and there were times when I could just about hear the jazzband and taste the Champagne. Repeated heartbreak and financial ruin stalks the girls, but each finds the courage to get by another day. The book ends with the rise of Hitler, offering a dark glimpse into the future of the German people.
I don’t want to give away too much of the plot, because I really want to encourage you to go out and get this book! The recurring theme in the book is the film industry and the affect it had on society at this time. I found it fascinating, both because of the intriguing plot line and the well-researched historical facts. I came away falling in love with Lilly, heartbroken over her life, but also determined to learn more about this oft-ignored era in history.