MIRIAM by Aimee Sommerfelt
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It was 1941. It was the war, a time when the less one knew the better, or so Eanne's father told her. Hanne liked the large house in Oslo that her family moved into, but the furniture, the pictures, the books in her room, made Hanne acutely aware of the other girl's presence. Who was she? Why had she left many of her belongings? One day when Hanne came home from school, she saw a thin, dark-haired girl staring at the house, looking up at her attic room. Hanne knew it was the girl--Miriam--in whose room she now lived. Aimee Sommerfelt, author of The Road to Agra (1961, p. 73, J-256) which won four prizes in the United States, narrates the tense, dramatic events in the lives of Hanne, a young Norwegian, and Miriam, a Jew who was hiding with her family, waiting for the explosion which would come with the Nazi occupation. Race prejudice is deftly handled as a theme by the author who does not scream damnation from a pulpit, but reveals the blindness and ruthless brutality of the Jew-hating Nazis in a high-powered, sensitive story. A realistic depiction of an occupied country by someone who has written from her own experiences.

Pub Date: April 30th, 1963
Publisher: Criterion