Linda’s Book Obsession reviews “Eva and Eve” by Julie Metz, Atria Books, April 6, 2021. On Tour with Suzy Approved Book Tours
Julie Metz, the author of “Eva and Eve” has written a heartfelt, emotional and poignant memoir.Julie Metz writes about the present when she finds a diary filled with good-bye notes from friends and relatives to her mother, after her mother’s death. Julie has always questioned her relationship with her mother, but now the author becomes obsessed with what happened during her mother’s childhood, and how devastating and tragic war can be. The author is determined to find out what happened in the past.
The author’s mother seemed to enjoy and assimilate into New York’s cultural and artistic population, and enjoyed the best restaurants and stores. Her mother Eve, was known as Eva as a 12 year old girl, coming of age in Vienna, during the time when there was the Nazi occupation. Eva’s family was Jewish, and there was rising anti-semitism. It was a dangerous and deadly time.
Julie Metz does trace several generations of her family. Her family’s printing press was significant and important to Germany. Also discussed is that there were good people that did make a difference, just as there were evil people that caused destruction.
The author mentions immigration at that time and compares it to problems in the present. I would recommend this informative and intriguing memoir to other readers.