Claudia is born in West Germany, but has relatives living on the other side of the wall, in East Germany. As an only child, and only grandchild, for a time, she loves the gatherings, the food and festivities with their many relatives in her family's regular visits to Eilenburg, East Germany. For many years she thinks of Germany as her home. Things become more complicated when her father's position as sales manager of a textile company requires the family to move to Clemson, South Carolina in America. During the school years she considers clothes styles and culture of Clemson provincial compared to the European styles of her German friends, she becomes adept at learning enough American customs to gain friends and learns about Nazi Germany and holocaust. Many things shift for her relatives in East and West Germany with the fall of the wall in politics, in their financial situations, and facilitated travel.
As Claudia matures, we begin to see how choosing boyfriends, choosing a university choosing a husband is complicated by her conflicting visions of herself with identities loyal to two distinct cultures and locations. I found this memoir, examining the meaning of home, to be a well-written tale with vivid description and points of suspension that make it a page-turner.