by Tammy Hepps

Worse Than A Jewish Mother?

Remembering Her German Grandmother

In her new novel, The Empress of Weehawken (FSG, $24), Irene Dische looks unsparingly at three generations of her family through the eyes of an unusual choice of narrator — her own grandmother. After an introductory warning — “My grandmother owes no one any explanations for her interpretation of events” — the anti- Semitic, self-absorbed, doctrinaire voice of the grandmother herself, Frau Professor Doktor Elisabeth Rother, takes over.

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