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Twenty-two and newly pregnant, professional dancer Marget flees to the safety of the California home of her two immigrant "grandmothers." Strong and blunt, and still protective of her fragile life partner, 81-year-old Gerda needs major surgery. Marget's beautiful biological grandmother Fan prepares for her impending role as Gerda's caretaker with touching inexperience and determined bravery. Marget, who only wants to disappear into their love without revealing her own burdensome secrets, gently draws from them memories of their survival during the Japanese invasion of the Dutch East Indies. The web of love spun by these three women is a vibrant story, lyrically told. One can only hope that natural-born storyteller Dressler is already at work on her second novel.?Beth E. Andersen, Ann Arbor Dist. Lib., Mich.
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Twenty-two-year-old Marget, pregnant and unmarried, retreats to the Northern California home of her grandmothers, Gerda and Fan. The extended visit, ostensibly to help the two elderly women cope with the trauma of Gerda's upcoming knee surgery, will also allow Marget the time she needs to decide on the direction she wants her life to take. European Fan, Marget's grandmother by birth, and her longtime companion, Gerda, of Indonesian descent, are now in their 80s. They have lived together since their meeting during the Japanese occupation of the Dutch East Indies in World War II. Dressler interweaves Fan and Gerda's wartime experiences with what is happening to them and Marget in the present. This lyrical first novel, although not without flaws (the story of the grandmothers' lives completely overshadows Marget's tale), does a nice job delineating the strength of women and the fashioning of families out of both blood and commitment. Nancy Pearl

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: MacAdam/Cage (May 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1878448757
  • ISBN-13: 978-1878448750
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,492,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 14, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Secretly-pregnant Margot visits her aging grandmothers, two women who survived the Japanese WW11 occupation of Dutch Indonesia, one by withdrawing, the other by beating (literally) every man matched up against her--in tennis. Margot is looking for affirmation of family and by drawing out her grandmothers's stories, she finds it. A spare novel bursting with the fullness of three very unique women. Oma Fan's chapter is pure poetry and Gerda's retelling of her triumph over a Japanese commander is incredibly moving. A quick but powerful read. Highly recommended
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By Thalia on July 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Confusing throughout the book. Not sure what the point was.
Some good writing but it got lost in the jumping around
from one thing to another.
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