by Tammy Hepps

Where the Trauma Began

A novel traces an intricate European family history

In Fault Lines (Grove, $14.00), Nancy Huston tells the story of four generations of a family fractured by its collision with Nazi Germany. In reverse chronological order Huston introduces us to a series of three six-year-old, first-person narrators, each one an only child who is the sole vessel for the previous generations’ grief. In the novel’s last section we finally meet Erra, the child who was the greatgrandmother, grandmother, and mother of the previous sections. She appears the best-adjusted member of her family, but it is her personal trauma, which surprisingly she seems to have survived unscathed, which has shattered her descendants.

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