Tante Eva by Paula Bomer audiobook

Tante Eva

By Paula Bomer
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The story of a woman in Berlin and her American niece, a pair bound together and driven apart by loves, desires, frustrations, and addictions. East Berlin, a few years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Eva, a retired nurse living in poverty in a slum-like apartment block, makes it through her day on a combination of stimulants and sleeping pills, wine and brandy. She waits for visits from her married lover and makes occasional attempts at contact with her distant daughter. Her friendly teenaged neighbor is her closest companion. Then her American niece, Maggie, arrives in Berlin. Eva is thrilled. But happiness begins to slide from Eva's grasp as Maggie's own fierce drug addiction reveals itself. Tante Eva is a story that deftly takes in decades of family history and German history, estrangement, joys, and disappointments. It is a portrait of East Berlin in the years after the wall came down, and a story of a family torn apart by personalities, histories, and addictions. It is the finest book yet from Paula Bomer, an author whose work Jonathan Franzen describes as "some of the rawest and most urgent writing I can remember encountering."

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The story of a woman in Berlin and her American niece, a pair bound together and driven apart by loves, desires, frustrations, and addictions.

East Berlin, a few years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Eva, a retired nurse living in poverty in a slum-like apartment block, makes it through her day on a combination of stimulants and sleeping pills, wine and brandy. She waits for visits from her married lover and makes occasional attempts at contact with her distant daughter. Her friendly teenaged neighbor is her closest companion. Then her American niece, Maggie, arrives in Berlin. Eva is thrilled. But happiness begins to slide from Eva's grasp as Maggie's own fierce drug addiction reveals itself.

Tante Eva is a story that deftly takes in decades of family history and German history, estrangement, joys, and disappointments. It is a portrait of East Berlin in the years after the wall came down, and a story of a family torn apart by personalities, histories, and addictions. It is the finest book yet from Paula Bomer, an author whose work Jonathan Franzen describes as "some of the rawest and most urgent writing I can remember encountering."

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Author Bio: Paula Bomer

Author Bio: Paula Bomer

Paula Bomer is the author of the novel Nine Months and the story collection Baby. Her writing has appeared in theMississippi Review, Open City, Fiction, Nerve, and Best American Erotica. She is the publisher of Sententia Books and a contributor to the literary blog Big Other. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 7.00
Audience: Adult
Language: English