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Gaby Koppel

Elizabeth has to choose: her mother, her lover, her job

1997 and Elizabeth’s émigré parents approach retirement in straitened circumstances. Elizabeth’s mother, ‘Mutti’, has come up with a novel solution – she is going to claim compensation from the Hungarian Government – hard enough for someone with a clear mind, but near impossible for an impulsive heavy drinker teetering towards dementia.

TV journalist Elizabeth is pursuing a story of child abduction in the Hassidic community. In the wake of her father’s sudden death and her mother’s increasing obsession with wartime Hungary she struggles to keep her job and her relationship. Elizabeth is forced to confront the nature of motherhood, love and loss as she puts together the clues to Mutti’s past and to the fate of the lost little girl.

Publication Date


21 February 2019


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