A harrowing yet darkly humorous novel of a half-Jewish family trying to survive in Nazi-controlled Austria, by a New York Times–bestselling author.
The Kaminsky Cure is a poignant yet comedic novel of a Jewish/Christian family caught up in the machinery of Hitler’s final solution. The matriarch, Gabi, was born Jewish but converted to Christianity in her teens. The patriarch, Willibald, is a Lutheran minister who is an admirer of Hitler on one hand but the conflicted father of children who are half-Jewish on the other. Mindful and resentful of her husband’s ambivalence, Gabi is determined to make sure her children are educated, devising schemes to keep them in school even after learning that any child less than one hundred percent Aryan will eventually be kept from completing education. She even hires tutors who are willing to teach half-Jewish children eventually hiring Fraulein Kaminsky, who shows Gabi how to cure her frustration and rage: by keeping her mouth filled with water until the urge to scream or rant has passed.
Terrifying yet darkly humorous, The Kaminsky Cure is the story of Gabi Brinkmann’s fight to keep her family alive in a world determined to destroy them.
“The Tin Drum meets Life Is Beautiful in this tragicomic, one-of-a-kind novel.” —Kirkus Reviews