I only participated in one bookish holiday swap this year, the one organized by Marie at The Europa Challenge blog. Participants were randomly paired and exchanged Europa Editions books. I didn’t do the Europa Challenge this year (though I plan to next year), but I’ve always loved Europa Editions. Their books are always so interesting!
My secret Santa sent me Angelika Schrobsdorff’s You Are Not Like Other Mothers. Is that a great cover or what?! This is from the publisher’s synopsis:
As a young woman, Else made two promises to herself: to live life to the fullest, and to have a child with every man she loves. So here, too, are the stories of Fritz, Hans, and Erich—husbands, companions, lovers, and emissaries of a world in which men repeatedly prove themselves inadequate. Here are the stories of Peter, Bettina, and Angelika, Else’s three children. Here, too, is World War I, and then the roaring twenties—that prolonged orgy of concerts, plays, cabarets, and parties. Here are the ominous 1930s and the advent of Nazism, the dreadful racial laws, and, for Else, a Jew, exile in Bulgaria…But the indomitable Else will make a most human mistake when she tries to hide the real extent of the Nazi tragedy from her children, and instead of protecting them she brings disaster down upon her family.
I can’t wait to dive into this one! Thanks Suzanne! 🙂