Book Review: In Search of a Name by Marjolijn van Heemstra

About: In Search of a Name by Marjolijn van Heemstra follows a pregnant woman researching her uncle’s past after World War II. The book, originally in Dutch, won several prizes and has sold the film rights. 208 pages ISBN-10 : 1982100486 Publisher : Atria Books Language: : English My rating for In Search of a Name – 4 Buy In Search of a Name from* More Books by Marjolijn van Heemstra* Thoughts: This book is a somewhat unusual book which is more nuanced than what I thought it would be. The story of a woman who dares, has the courage, to dig into a family legend that created a hero is something to behold. I enjoyed the timeline, counting backwards the week to the birth of the baby. I thought it was a unique way to tell a story and In Search of a Name by Marjolijn van Heemstra uses that technique very well. The premise of this book is very interesting, and I can certainly understand that in many families this is a can of worms no one wants to open. I think that books like this, one that targets a different audience than English speakers, will do…

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