This House Is Mine

This House Is Mine

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Vera is surprised when her niece shows up at her East Prussia farmhouse with her young son after fleeing a bad relationship in Hamburg and the pair find they have more in common than they ever thought possible.
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2016.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781250100856
1250100852
Branch Call Number: FIC HANS
Characteristics: 325 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Stokes, Anne Marie - Translator

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SPL_Melanie Aug 15, 2018

The house of the title, found in Northern Germany, has a motto carved on its front:

“This hoose is mine ain and yet no mine ain, he that follows will caw it his.”

The only constant is change, and this story, rooted in wartime Europe, illuminates that perfectly. The theme of refugees and identities in Germany right now is pretty topical, and Hansen explores the long history of such movement within Germany itself to give another perspective on alienation and belonging. This was a bestseller in Germany, and its readability, strong story, and additional wry humour might explain why. Recommended.

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julia_sedai
Sep 19, 2017

So well-written, such great characters ... I enjoyed reading it a lot. But overall, I just couldn't love it. I think that was mainly because I couldn't stand how the women all seemed to sleep around (I didn't think it was at all necessary for the story), and also, it saddened me when the characters stopped believing in God. It's a translation of a German novel, and I loved all the German-ness in it, but also the universal character traits that are just as common here. It takes place over several years, with many characters, but I never found it difficult to understand or hard to follow. It's mainly chronological with a few jumps here and there. I did think it ended too quickly and I wanted to know more about what happened to Vera and Anne. I recommend this for people who like reading about interesting characters and family stories.

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