I did enjoy this book, liked the different strands of the story from different viewpoints. It was an entertaining read, moving too, and an interesting concept. The holocaust background of course makes it memorable and poignant, but it wasn't overdone. I was deeply distressed by the callousness that led to the end - without giving it away - and the moral was certainly pointed. I'm sure I am not alone in finding the subject matter difficult to take, but I think it's a good thing to have one's humanity shaken up once in a while.
After reading so many holocaust related books this was a completely different angle of life affected by that terrible time, Bernie got out and made a new life for himself but the guilt of his mother being left behind haunted the rest of his life and his wife's and daughters.