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You Would Have Missed Me

Vanderbeke, Birgit, Bulloch, Jamie
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Peirene Press Ltd
Published: June 15, 2019
ISBN: 9781908670526
154 pages

£12.00

‘I can’t remember what it was like being born, but from what they used to tell me it seemed almost as if everything had been fine up to that point.’

Standing in her family’s two-bedroom flat in the Promised Land, a little girl realizes that once again she won’t be getting a cat for her birthday. She’s been wanting one ever since she was five – all the way back to when they were living in the refugee camp. In the East, her Grandma made cakes and kept rabbits; now there is no baking, no pets and certainly no Grandma. West Germany in the early 1960s is a difficult place for a seven-year-old East German refugee, particularly when no one will listen to you.

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