A family saga redolent of the Old World, layered with consequence, and frosted with Technicolor.
In search of the key to unlock a great family mystery, Lemon Leopold, a Hollywood starlet, and her cousin Eliza, a romance writer, go to Berlin. Soon they are on a trail leading back to their great-grandfather Jozef Apfel, a Jewish pioneer of psychoanalysis in early twentieth-century Germany.
Alternating between the great doctor’s household, the mysterious case of his patient Elsa Z., the rise of Nazi Germany, 1960s and 1970s Detroit, and modern-day Berlin, this is a story about a girl whose dreams reveal the future, a family beset by ghosts, and the place that haunts them all.
“[A] creative, modern novel.” —Jewish Woman Magazine
“Inventive and engaging. . . . A great read.” —Pioneer Press
“Labiner’s voice is bold and outgoing, giving the impression that she can tromp through whatever story she pleases.” —Onion, A.V. Club Twin Cities
“[An] intricate family saga.” —Publishers Weekly
“Cleverly constructed. . . . Labiner shows a light comic touch.” —Denver Post