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This one is the story for grownups. I read it immediately after reading Bombs on Aunt Dainty- I read it in a day and a half. Once again, it's a subtle and moving personal story, as well as a totally brilliant depiction of its time and place- post-airlift Berlin, pre-wall but with the cold war running, terrifyingly, at full blast. Kerr's ability to find exactly the incidents and the style to tell her story- no exaggeration but a wonderful ability to make both Anna's Kensington present and her Grunewald memories real, and important, but not mawkish or facile, her sympathy for the late middle aged and ugly, but intelligent, Germans- Kerr's 'perfect pitch', in fact, speaks of a wonderful skill and clarity of thought. It makes me feel that she's a superb *German* author. Anna would hate that description, of course. The closing image- the little girl of the title, in her boots, climbing the steps and asking 'Ist Mami da?' brackets her life and is a proper weepy moment for me.