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Fritz is creative and brilliant with her ambitious first novel that depicts the diverse and multicultural backgrounds of the three women, interspersed with racism, murder and life-altering moments.
--Lorraine M. Weston, jewwishes.wordpress.com

The author seamlessly weaves past and present, folding scenes into each other with such ease that, like the character, I felt like I was living in both present and past simultaneously.
--Dennis Fleming, Writer, avant-garde Filmmaker

This family's journey across the United States, and the retelling of their history had me curious about their lives to the last page. --Alyce Reese, At Home With Books

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Where does inspiration spring from?
While I'm working on a novel, my brain seems to sift what I hear and see around me. It discards this and that experience, perhaps chooses one for a starring role, another for a mere cameo. This is not a conscious process as I often don't even remember the event as it sneaks into my work. Later, when I recall the moment, the feeling, the look, and see it fleshed out on paper, it's a surprise to me.
I'm on a bus and see a man who has cut himself shaving. Next, I meet him again in my novel as Joe, a programmer living in Seattle, angry, still smarting over his divorce, acutely aware of the younger generation pushing him aside, perhaps making his existence irrelevant. I'm amazed at the miracle that caused this completely formed character spring to life in my writing from a man on the bus with a small nick on his chin.
While sitting in a sidewalk cafe in Seattle, I overhear a girl on her cell phone. She gets a cameo appearance during a sweltering L.A. afternoon in an edgy street scene of Watts. It was her spark of anger that brought her into the scene once I sat down to write.
I read a newspaper article about a mikvah being discovered when a neighboring property in my German hometown is torn down. An interesting event, soon dismissed from conscious memory, surprisingly hijacks my tale of travel and adventure to take a center role in Irretrievably Broken.
Where does inspiration come from? I certainly don't know. It's a miracle.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 506 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (October 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144045230X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440452307
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,587,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mona L. Moloney on January 14, 2009
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Irma Fritz's first novel is ambitious in scope - and she delivers. A cross-country road trip - embarked upon by the protagonist, her mother and her niece - serves as the backdrop for exploring timely and timeless issues of race, class, violence and personal tragedies. On the journey, they reconnect with characters whose unforgettable stories touch and sometimes intermingle with each other. Their secrets - haunting, sometimes shocking, and unflinchingly honest - unfold in layers. Ultimately, what is Irretrievably Broken? And when do we know?

Ms. Fritz's character development is flawless - her characters come alive and we want to know them. This is especially true of Nora and Ruth, the two main characters, but the entire cast is compelling. Since they all are exceedingly different in both background and personality, I am duly impressed by the author's skill.

I believe this is an important book with a great deal to say about loss, remembrance, forgiveness, and self-realization. I think it would be a great selection for Reading Groups. Due to its multicultural, cross-generational perspectives, there would be much to discuss.
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Faced with a divorce from her unfaithful husband, Nora Adler's life was already in turmoil when her precocious and troubled, half-black niece, Bettina, arrived from Europe. As a diversion, Nora, with Bettina and her mother, Ruth, sets out on a cross-country road trip, during which, the three women discover each other, and themselves.

Ms. Fritz does a masterful job of interweaving the stories of the three main characters, and through Ruth's childhood memories, we witness a very personal and haunting view of Adolf Hitler's anti-Semitic policy in Germany.

I recommend this book.
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Irma Fritz's "Irretrievably Broken" is an intimate portrait of the main character, Nora, and complicated characters whose family ties bring them together for a cross-country trip in which complex interrelationships are re-examined or develop. The prologue led me to think the story was going to go in one direction--Nora's romantic attachment to Max, her ex-husband. This subplot orbits around the story that develops when Nora's mulatto niece, Bettina, arrives from Europe after losing one parent, and when Ruth, Nora's mother, moves the story into a unique cross-generational family drama that takes us across the country, into Canada and, eventually in flashback, to Europe.

Nora carries us into the story through a series of flashbacks to her life with her unfaithful husband Max, a failed actor. The author seamlessly weaves past and present, folding scenes into each other with such ease that, like the character, I felt like I was living in both present and past simultaneously--as if I was having the flashback. I really appreciate having that experience and envy the author's skill at rendering it.

Also, the writer's attention to detail creates credible scenes and puts me right in the moment. The main character Nora, a computer programmer who named her cats Dotcom and Dotorg, has an encyclopedic knowledge of botanical terms that boggles the mind.

As for characters, once you've met them and spent a little time with them, you can read the dialogue without attribution and know who is talking. This is not easy to achieve and Ms. Fritz accomplishes it skillfully.
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Okay, this is not a book for men. This is 100% dedicated to women. With that said, I really did enjoy the overly descriptive adjectives the author has truly mastered. She provides the reader with every little detail one can possible imagine. At times, it is a bit overwhelming but sincere.

I did not get caught-up in the different cultural clashes most reviewers have alluded to. I was following the story and very interested in how everything would come together with the past, present and future for Ruth, Nora, and Bettina.

The author does a brilliant job in meshing multiple characters and their interactions from Nazi Germany to present and how the past keeps guiding them on a trip across the US and onto to Germany in an attempt to let the past be fully embraced and accepted, whether it was good or bad.

The story lost me in Book IV, chapter 4. Up until then, the pace was well planned and one could feel the story coming together, but then it disappeared. This is where the descriptions became too overbearing and overshadowed the various stories we were following. The end became very anti-climatic.

As I stated earlier, this a book for readers who love being enmeshed with feelings and descritptions.
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I just spent many enjoyable hours reading this book. It captivated me from page one! The author takes us on a road trip across America with Nora (the protagonist), her mixed-race niece Bettina, and her mother Ruth. But the book is much more than the story of a journey. We're taken into the past and shown the Holocaust from a German child's point of view, given a glimpse into life in the Canadian wilderness, and introduced to many areas (and attitudes) of the modern day United States. Ms. Fritz's characters are true to life, reflecting the mores of three generations of women with insight and understanding as their stories intertwine.

I like a book I can sink my teeth into, and Irretrievably Broken didn't disappoint. I definitely recommend this book.
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