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The Other Me

9781250089137

Flatiron Books
Available: 01/12/16
6.4 x 9.48 · 304 pages
9781250089137
CDN $29.99 · cl
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Saskia Sarginson

THE OTHER ME spans from 1930s Germany to 1990s England as Saskia Sarginson explores whether our identities are tied to where we came from, and if it's possible that sometimes history doesn't get the story right.

In 1986 London, Klaudia is about to start high school. She's embarrassed by her German father, never knowing what he may or may not have done during the war.

In 1995 Leeds, Eliza is a young woman in love - with her life as a dance student, and with her boyfriend Cosmo. But Eliza is living a lie, running away from a past of which she was always ashamed. When her mother dies and she is called home, she can no longer deny her roots, even if it will cost her everything.

And woven throughout the novel is Ernst's story - Ernst is one of two brothers growing up in Nazi Germany. One rallied for the Fuhrer, one held back. One dedicated his life to the Nazi regime, one did not.

When Eliza learns a long-buried family secret, it will completely change how she views her past and her future.

By exploring identity, memory, and history, Saskia Sarginson deftly shows that it is the people we think we know the best who sometimes surprise us the most.

Saskia Sarginson was awarded an MA in Creative Writing after a BA in English Literature from Cambridge University. Before becoming a full-time author, she was a health and beauty editor on women's magazines, a ghost writer for the BBC and HarperCollins, and a copy-writer and script editor. She lives in south London with her four children. Her first novel, THE TWINS, was chosen for the Richard & Judy autumn book club 2013 and received outstanding international review coverage.