98 Reasons for Being
Novelist Clare Dudman, whose work has earned comparisons to Andrea Barrett and Barry Lopez, is that rare kind of author who can bring history dramatically to life. Here she conjures up the revolutionary nineteenth-century German physician Heinrich Hoffmann (best known today for his book of children s rhymes, Shockheaded Peter, or Struwwelpeter) as he struggles to cure an inhabitant of Frankfurt s Jewish ghetto who hasn t spoken, slept, or eaten in weeks. As the secrets hidden in the girl s mind are exposed, Dr. Hoffmann also begins to uncover his own buried truths and, in the end, discovers his real reasons for being.
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Set in 1852 Frankfurt and loosely based on notes from the files of physician Heinrich Hoffman, this novel deals with the fictitious case of a despondent and speechless young woman delivered by her ... Read full review