Hedwig and Berti is a saga of the totally unlikely marriage of a grandly Teutonic woman, Hedwig Kessler and her diminutive cousin Berti, two upperclass German Jews forced to leave their homeland during the rise of the Nazis. They flee to London, then to New York City and from there, finally, to a university town in Kansas. In London, Hedwig gives birth to a daughter whose broodingly dark construction and immense genius for the piano point back in time to the tragedy of her bloodline.
Praise for this book
"My new favorite novel. Characters and storytelling like this belong in the Fiction Hall of Fame, in the wing reserved for wry and sly masterpieces." - Elinor Lipman
Used availability for Frieda Arkin's Hedwig and Berti
April 2005 : USA Hardback
January 2005 : USA Hardback
March 2006 : USA Paperback
March 2006 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition