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Irretrievably Broken (English Edition) von [FRITZ, IRMA]

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Irretrievably Broken is the haunting, funny, and heart-breaking account of German ex-patriots Nora, Ruth, and Bettina Adler. The plot takes us across the U.S., to the bush country of Canada, and to a cold case murder scene in Germany, as this multicultural family deals with diversity and racism. The novel is populated with unforgettable characters in a sometimes shocking and always unflinchingly honest exploration of the past. Nora is obsessed with her Native-American husband she's about to divorce and consumed with guilt over the harm she may have caused a friend; Ruth, whose blunt statements are often inappropriate, witnessed a brutal murder and saved a life during the Holocaust; and 12-year-old Bettina, child of a black African-American and a white German, is devastated by the death of her mother and neglect of her father. Irretrievably Broken is a novel of family and friendship, of love and loss, of secrets and revelations, of guilt and forgiveness.

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Irma Fritz grew up in Southern Germany and Southern California. She received her B.A. in English from California State University of Los Angeles. An avid reader and writer from an early age on, Ms. Fritz has written poetry, short stories, and novels. "Irretrievably Broken" is her reflects her multi-cultural background. The author lives with her husband in Seattle, WA. In addition to books and travel, she enjoys opera, politics, tennis, hiking, biking, and cooking.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1215 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 508 Seiten
  • Verlag: Irma Fritz (27. Mai 2008)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B001ACU33Q
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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Irretrievably Broken: By Irma Fritz

Reviewed by Fran Lewis

A circle has no beginning and no end and yet this story comes full circle in its entirety. From 1938 where the story truly begins and the horrors faced by many during the Second World War, this book helps to remind us of events that we cannot and will not ever forget.

This is a novel comprised of many intricate layers of emotions and individual stories. Each character has his/her own inner conflicts to resolve and each character must come to grips with the secrets, lies and half-truths that haunt them and those closest to them. Their pasts, presents and futures so tightly linked together will forever make the events that unfold in this ground breaking novel by Irma Fritz Irretrievably Broken.

Nora, stubborn, headstrong and yet lonely and vulnerable is once married to a man who she thought was the right one for her. Max, different from her is his ideals and goals, is striving to become and actor, but fails, or does he?

Memories of Max and her their live together flood Nora's dreams as she tries to put the pieces of a puzzle so full of jagged edges and empty spaces that the entire picture does not become clear until the unexpected and revealing epilogue.

Working in a nursery, independent landscaper and then as an Information Software Engineer, and horticulturist, Nora did all she could do to create a life with was truly elusive to her as he became.

Ruth, Nora's mother born of German descent had high hopes for Nora and is disappointed in her choices and feels that she could have done better in life. She is also sad that she has no desire to have a family of her nor does she think she ever will.
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HASH(0x997720f0) von 5 Sternen I love this book! 14. Januar 2009
Von Mona L. Moloney - Veröffentlicht auf
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Irma Fritz's first novel is ambitious in scope - and she delivers. A cross-country road trip - embarked upon by the protagonist, her mother and her niece - serves as the backdrop for exploring timely and timeless issues of race, class, violence and personal tragedies. On the journey, they reconnect with characters whose unforgettable stories touch and sometimes intermingle with each other. Their secrets - haunting, sometimes shocking, and unflinchingly honest - unfold in layers. Ultimately, what is Irretrievably Broken? And when do we know?

Ms. Fritz's character development is flawless - her characters come alive and we want to know them. This is especially true of Nora and Ruth, the two main characters, but the entire cast is compelling. Since they all are exceedingly different in both background and personality, I am duly impressed by the author's skill.

I believe this is an important book with a great deal to say about loss, remembrance, forgiveness, and self-realization. I think it would be a great selection for Reading Groups. Due to its multicultural, cross-generational perspectives, there would be much to discuss.
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HASH(0x99772144) von 5 Sternen Three Generations Find Each Other 31. Januar 2009
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Faced with a divorce from her unfaithful husband, Nora Adler's life was already in turmoil when her precocious and troubled, half-black niece, Bettina, arrived from Europe. As a diversion, Nora, with Bettina and her mother, Ruth, sets out on a cross-country road trip, during which, the three women discover each other, and themselves.

Ms. Fritz does a masterful job of interweaving the stories of the three main characters, and through Ruth's childhood memories, we witness a very personal and haunting view of Adolf Hitler's anti-Semitic policy in Germany.

I recommend this book.
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HASH(0x99772420) von 5 Sternen An Exploration of the Cement of "Family" 5. November 2008
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Irma Fritz's "Irretrievably Broken" is an intimate portrait of the main character, Nora, and complicated characters whose family ties bring them together for a cross-country trip in which complex interrelationships are re-examined or develop. The prologue led me to think the story was going to go in one direction--Nora's romantic attachment to Max, her ex-husband. This subplot orbits around the story that develops when Nora's mulatto niece, Bettina, arrives from Europe after losing one parent, and when Ruth, Nora's mother, moves the story into a unique cross-generational family drama that takes us across the country, into Canada and, eventually in flashback, to Europe.

Nora carries us into the story through a series of flashbacks to her life with her unfaithful husband Max, a failed actor. The author seamlessly weaves past and present, folding scenes into each other with such ease that, like the character, I felt like I was living in both present and past simultaneously--as if I was having the flashback. I really appreciate having that experience and envy the author's skill at rendering it.

Also, the writer's attention to detail creates credible scenes and puts me right in the moment. The main character Nora, a computer programmer who named her cats Dotcom and Dotorg, has an encyclopedic knowledge of botanical terms that boggles the mind.

As for characters, once you've met them and spent a little time with them, you can read the dialogue without attribution and know who is talking. This is not easy to achieve and Ms. Fritz accomplishes it skillfully.

Just when I thought the story told in present time was about Nora and her difficulties raising her European niece, Nora's authoritarian mother, Ruth, folds into the equation and they take a cross-country trip to visit friends and family. During the ride, Ruth takes us into an incredible and personal Holocaust story about her childhood in Germany. I don't want to give that story away, except to say it really got to me. Nazi horrors told through the eyes of a child--and these are well executed (no pun)--make me literally shudder. The author creates tension by revealing the horror in small doses and by having Ruth's daughter and great niece (the latter imbued with the pester power of a twelve-year-old) beg for more.

On the flip side, the multiplicity of characters (some speaking German, some speaking Spanish) and the different locations and situations introduced occasionally left me rudderless. At times, there is too much chatter between the characters. However, Fritz ties it all together. However, I have to admit that I am biased. I would normally not read a book like this. It's a tribute to the author that she could pull me in and hold me.

The story takes an interesting twist that I didn't see coming and, again, hats off to author Fritz.

This ambitious, cross-generational, interracial, multicultural story is so well realized that it's hard to believe the author's statement that the characters are fictional. If they are, this is one creative mind at work.
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HASH(0x99772318) von 5 Sternen Too much fluff 19. Februar 2012
Von Jeff Dawson - Veröffentlicht auf
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Okay, this is not a book for men. This is 100% dedicated to women. With that said, I really did enjoy the overly descriptive adjectives the author has truly mastered. She provides the reader with every little detail one can possible imagine. At times, it is a bit overwhelming but sincere.

I did not get caught-up in the different cultural clashes most reviewers have alluded to. I was following the story and very interested in how everything would come together with the past, present and future for Ruth, Nora, and Bettina.

The author does a brilliant job in meshing multiple characters and their interactions from Nazi Germany to present and how the past keeps guiding them on a trip across the US and onto to Germany in an attempt to let the past be fully embraced and accepted, whether it was good or bad.

The story lost me in Book IV, chapter 4. Up until then, the pace was well planned and one could feel the story coming together, but then it disappeared. This is where the descriptions became too overbearing and overshadowed the various stories we were following. The end became very anti-climatic.

As I stated earlier, this a book for readers who love being enmeshed with feelings and descritptions.
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HASH(0x99772504) von 5 Sternen Wrenching, Provocative Tale 24. Januar 2011
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"Irretrievably Broken" sheds new light on the plight of Holocaust survivors and victims, as well as their loved ones, even fifty years later. Told with beautiful attention to detail and an acute understanding of pain, Ms. Fritz weaves a tale as believable as it is tragic. Reminiscent of Steig Larsson's rolling, flowing poetic prose, Ms. Fritz descriptions of Seattle and its inhabitants are laced with the metaphors of emotion and the harshness of reality. A large tome that deserves a thorough reading.
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