I highly recommend this memoir written by Caroline Heller. She describes her parents stories of living in the cosmopolitan city of Prague before Hitler and the devastation World War II brought. Interwoven throughout the book are literature and poetry quotes which sustained her family through their darkest times.
“This fine book contains moments of emotion so pure that in the end, we too fall in love with the writer’s past.”—The New York Times Book Review
“[Caroline] Heller plunges us lovingly and convincingly into [a] lost world.”—The Boston Globe
“Caroline Heller writes with both honesty and delicacy. I was particularly enthralled by her finely drawn portrait of prewar Central Europe: a lost world whose memories are inestimably valuable and fiercely beautiful but which, without accounts like this, would fade forever.”—Anne Fadiman, author of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down