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In a moving retelling of Hansel and Gretel, a woman is murdered during a terrorist attack, leaving her three sons into the care of their grandmother, Lilli. As the four prepare to celebrate Christmas without her, they are drawn into a rich, resonant world of memory, where Lilli must confront the horrors of the Nazi persecution she managed to survive. After losing her entire family in the Holocaust, it is this final death ? that of her daughter ? that allows Lilli to finally live again. By reaching out to a new generation, sharing with them her artistic vision of everyone she loved, she is able to forge a shared path toward peace and reconciliation.
A woman has been murdered by terrorists, and her three sons and their grandmother must prepare to celebrate Christmas without her. As the grandmother is forced to reach out to a new generation, she confronts her own complex past (including her persecution by the Nazis) and, with her grandsons, finds peace and reconciliation. Winner of England's Hawthornden Prize.