(Thanks Emma for sending this to me-it’s a fabulous book..)
One of my most favorite periods of history is Nazi Germany-mainly due to an hour lesson about Anne Frank. (The teacher skirted round the story a lot-I needed more information!-but from there it just expanded.) But, back to my point: what I really love is when Family History-something that you intimately know-coincides with the broader era. And, with the backdrop of several different time periods, this is exactly what this book gives.
Beginning in the latter of the 1800’s, with the ‘House on the lake’ being built, it runs through a vast variety of occupants..Gradually, it undergoes radical changes. (Such as becoming what I consider to be an ‘estate’-the area around-and the landlord dying, etc.) The Alexanders live there, renting.
What is fascinating though, however, is how the narrative switches-2013, from when Harding visits the House himself, now…
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