** 1/2 Love and Treasure by Ayelet Waldman


So this is how a historical novel can work: Love and Treasure traces the story of a locket, stolen from a train that carried the possessions of Hungarian Jews through three characters: the American officer who took the locket, his granddaughter who searches, decades later, for its owner, and the psychoanalyst of the owner. There are no lectures about WWII, just stories of people living it. I particularly enjoyed the third part, in which the middle-aged psychoanalyst tries in vain to cure his patient, a spirited young woman, of her physical ailments through classic Freudian means, while ruminating about the adventures of his own, similarly-aged daughters. He is clueless and I thoroughly enjoyed his cluelessness.

 

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