Alina Bronsky's Broken Glass Park is one of the most thought-provoking works of literature I've read in a long time, and with her remarkable ability to communicate emotion with precision and intent, Bronsky creates just that - literature. From the very beginning she establishes her protagonist, Sascha Naimann, as a complex and headstrong seventeen-year-old who is forced to cope with the recent murder of her mother at the hand of her stepfather Vadim. After her mother's death, Sascha takes on the responsibility of protecting her younger brother and sister (because no one else could possibly be up to the challenge, not even their new guardian Maria), and she vows to do two things: kill her stepfather and write the story of her mother's life. ("I already have a title," she claims. "The Story of an Idiotic Redheaded Woman Who Would Still Be Alive If Only She Had Listened to Her Smart Oldest ...
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