The Crooked Maid

The Crooked Maid

A Novel

Book - 2013
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Vienna, 1948. The war is over, and as the initial phase of de-Nazification winds down, the citizens of Vienna struggle to rebuild their lives amid the rubble. Anna Beer returns to the city she fled nine years earlier after discovering her husband's infidelity. She has come back to find him and, perhaps, to forgive him. Traveling on the same train from Switzerland is eighteen-year-old Robert Seidel, a schoolboy summoned home to his stepfather's sickbed and the secrets of his family's past. As Anna and Robert navigate an unrecognizable city, they cross paths with a war-widowed American journalist, a hunchbacked young servant girl, and a former POW whose primary purpose is to survive by any means--and to forget. Meanwhile, in the shells of burned-out houses and beneath the bombed-out ruins, a ghost of a man, his head wrapped in a red scarf, battles demons from his past and hides from a future deeply uncertain for all.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2013.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9781608198092
Characteristics: 427 pages ; 25 cm


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Jan 08, 2017

Well written mystery, history, fiction.

Very dark reading, crass in many places (the type of description of dirt and gore to appeal to 12 year old boys). There is no comic relief, it all gets worse and worse for the characters. If you like Kafka you'll love this book. I had to skim through it as it was too emotionally brutal. I could not connect with the humanity in any of these characters.

Marie_45 Apr 27, 2014

What a great read, really enjoyed the character and the storyline. the author made a good description of the sense of time an place.

Apr 08, 2014

Great read 5 stars.
Postwar Vienna and all the trauma that resulted. Finalist for the 2013 Giller Prize. It should have won. Great sense of time and place

Nov 24, 2013

Implausible scenes, improbable characters, disappointing overall.


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