A Small Person Far Away Author:Judith Kerr Partly autobiographical, this is the third title in Judith Kerr's internationally acclaimed trilogy of books following the life of Anna through war-torn Germany, to London during the Blitz and her return to Berlin to discover the past! Berlin is where Anna lived before Hitler, when she was still a German child; before she spoke a word of Englis... more »h, before her family had all become refugees. Long before her happy new existence in London. But Mama is there, dangerously ill. Anna is forced to go back, to deal with questions of life and death, to face old fears, and to discover the past which she has so long shut away.« less
By far the most depressing book of the trilogy. If you read When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit and Bombs on Aunt Dainty, don't feel you need to read this one as well to finish things off.
The story jumps forward eleven years after the end of the war. Anna's mother in Berlin attemps suicide and ends up in a coma, and Anna flies from London to be with her. Although it covers a little of the times - the Russian invasion of Hungary, what it was like for people in Berlin after the war - the main bulk of the story is Anna dealing with how she feels about her mother, and her's mother's right to die if she wants to. I only read it to the end hoping to find some redeeming quality, some insight, something to make things worthwhile, but I never found it.