- Perfect Paperback: 309 pages
- Publisher: Will Hall Books; first edition (December 9, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0980125723
- ISBN-13: 978-0980125726
- Package Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,482,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Oda Mulloy has an amazing ability to tell the ordinary as well as the out-of-the ordinary.Whether she's talking about her childhood during the war or a meeting with friends, you know you're hearing a story that will delight and probably surprise you. --Kyle Kellams. U. of Arkansas NPR radio station
This omnibus collection of an idyllic childhood in prewar Holland and wartime Germany should strike readers as charming, evocative, though also, foreboding. --Evan Burr Bukey, author of Jews and Intermarriage in Nazi Austria
Mulloy's stories, as with life itself then, are full of contradictions: her father, a physician who delivers babies, becomes increasingly a doctor to the Jews...the boarding school ritual of lining one's shoes just so by the bed at night becomes important during the scramble of an Allied air raid. Her mother, who loves nice clothes, trades black-market coffee for new dresses, dresses that the daughter, Oda, hates wearing because of the very flamboyance her mother loves. But [Oda] insists that each of us possesses what she calls "the treasure of pleasant memoiries." ... In front of a still-burning house stood a solitary nun stirring a huge kettle of pea soup. She had built a fire underneath the kettle and kept the flames alive with broken furniture. She smiled and waved at passersby: Come, eat... In the midst of war, a little peace. --Professor Robert Laurence. Free Weekly.
About the Author
Oda Mulloy grew up in wartime Europe and immigrated to the U.S. in 1951. She has lived as a bacteriologist, teacher,historian, museum docent and radio personality. Oda now lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas and is still writing and telling her stories.