Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Review in The New York Sun

"This Must Be the Place is a smart, tasteful novel...Ms. Winger's ...German characters look back not to the recent years of change, or to the difficult years after World War II, but to the '80s, when West Berlin's cultural orientation was more pro-American than it is now. Walter's favorite meeting restaurant is called the Wild West. In the world of the novel, Walter is a kind of "good German" because he is an American German. His mother was American, and he spent a year in California, where he played Prince Charming at Disneyland. His friend Orson, an ambitious German director, needles Hope when she mentions the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Like a true Berliner, he is sensitive to the uses and abuses of suffering as "social capital." But Walter, Tom Cruise's voice in Germany, defends her. This Must Be the Place is at heart a sophisticated romantic comedy, but geopolitics are never far away."

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