In My Mother's House: A Novel

Paperback | October 1, 2004

byMargaret McMullan

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In My Mother's House is a beautiful, haunting, and expertly told novel about a daughter's obsession to understand her mother's commitment to silence about their family's experiences during WWII Vienna. The story of Elizabeth and her mother Jenny is remarkable for its fullness of details: the pieces of family silver the grandmother mails to Jenny, piece by piece, over the years; Jenny's vivid memories of her uncle's viola d'amore lessons; the smell of the wood floors in the family's Vienna home. It's an emotional story of what is inherited from one generation to the next.

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In My Mother's House is a beautiful, haunting, and expertly told novel about a daughter's obsession to understand her mother's commitment to silence about their family's experiences during WWII Vienna. The story of Elizabeth and her mother Jenny is remarkable for its fullness of details: the pieces of family silver the grandmother mail...

Margaret McMullan is an English professor at the University of Evansville, Indiana, and the author of a previous novel, When Warhol Was Still Alive.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.3 × 5.46 × 0.72 inPublished:October 1, 2004Publisher:PicadorLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0312318251

ISBN - 13:9780312318253

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"Graceful...The global catastrophe of the Nazi era we know about. It is the individual, private pain it caused that is skillfully given voice here by Margaret McMullan." -The Boston Globe"The two narrative threads blend into one harmonious story, proving that while we can leave a country, we can't escape our history." -Entertainment Weekly"Exquisite. I salute Margaret McMullan's elegantly crafted prose, her beautiful restraint, her emotional honesty, and her storytelling power." -Phillip Lopate, author of Portrait of My Body"McMullan's voice shines like old silver, polished rich and clear. It's a story of vision and blindness, speech and silence, and the healing that comes from time--it's a book about love." -Beth Lordan, author of And Both Shall Row