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You Would Have Missed Me

You Would Have Missed Me

Author(s): Birgit Vanderbeke

Location(s): Germany

Genre(s): Novella

Era(s): 1960s



A family is torn apart by their dream of a better future in the West. A true story narrated through the eyes of a child. West Germany, early 1960s: A little girl arrives with her parents from East Germany in a camp for displaced people. The girl’s father is abusive, the mother ignores her. Soon she will celebrate her seventh birthday and all she wants is a cat. Instead she receives an illuminated globe. The girl can’t hide her disappointment – but then she discovers that the globe offers her a way to escape the misery of the camp.

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Author: tripfiction

This novel – novella – is published by Peirene Press who are specialist publishers of short, sharp novels: “Two-hour books to be devoured in a single sitting: literary cinema for those fatigued by film”...

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