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The Tiger in the Attic


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Born in Karlsruhe, Germany, Edith Milton is a freelance writer who lives in California and New Hampshire. Her writing has appeared in, among other places, the New York Times Book Review, NewRepublic, and Boston Globe. She is the author of the novel Corridors.


In 1939, Milton was one of thousands of Jewish children who escaped from Nazi Germany on the Kindertransport. Although her mother had obtained a visa to the United States, Milton and her older sister were unable to join her until after the war, and this memoir focuses on the more than six years that Milton spent as the foster child of a Christian English family. Although Milton's story proceeds in a generally linear fashion, she makes numerous digressions. For example, in her discussions about her father, who died prior to her departure from Germany, Milton makes reference to an older half brother, whom she finally meets years later in Tel Aviv. While her narrative includes the familiar references to wartime shortages and the fear of aerial assault, at its center is her realization that memory has an elastic quality; images of her past both fade and become more vivid as she grows older. Some of the most poignant moments involve her difficulty in emotionally reconnecting with her mother after six years of separation and her ambiguous relationship with her Jewish heritage. Recommended for all libraries. [For an interview with Milton, see "Fall Editors' Picks," LJ 9/1/05.-Ed.]-Frederic Krome, Jacob Rader Marcus Ctr. of the American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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