Katharina Hagena's The Taste of Apple Seeds is a peculiar little jewel of a book, a lyrical family novel in which a young German woman named Iris inherits her grandmother's house. The story is not a plot-driven cloak-and-dagger mystery, nor is it full of car chases or supernatural villains - the novel is focused primarily on the unspooling of Iris's memories. As she explores the old North German farmhouse after her grandmother's death, she sifts through family lore and revisits the pivotal events of her youth. She is looking for patterns everywhere - in the drawers of her grandfather's desk, in the stones of the terrace floor, and in the order of the books of the shelves. Hagena pulls the reader along with a thread of suspense as fine and tenacious as a cobweb. As Iris's thoughts circle ever closer to the facts of her own life, and in particular the tragedy that befell ...
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