Monday, June 7, 2021

Tante Eva by Paula Bomer


I thought this was f i n e. Just fine, though. TANTE EVA is set just after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Eva is an older woman who is taking drugs and alcohol to cope with getting old. Her only real friend is the daughter of the sick woman next door and, soon, her niece, who starts out writing her letters and then claims she wants to visit.

TANTE EVA is a book about relationships. There isn't really a plot. It's just messed up people living their messed up lives while also portraying a very specific snapshot of Germany at a very specific point in time. I thought it was interesting but it didn't really grab me and I ended up skimming the last couple chapters. I almost feel like this would have worked better as a short story rather than as a full length novel.

Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!

2.5 out of 5 stars

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