Born in 1921 Germany, Eduard Meyer finds that, toward the end of his life's long journey he must, himself, deliver a gift, containing remnants of his arduous life’s experiences, that he had promised to his American, Texas-born nephew.
That fulfillment of his promise, in 1995, frames the saga of Herr Meyer’s life.
Within this exposition, he details his quest: the early discovery and development of his musical, keyboard prodigy, his early childhood bereavement, his harrowing experiences and traumatically maximal personal losses during the Hitler-time. Ultimately, after struggling through stress and depression, he must impart to that nephew the survivor's wisdom and knowledge that had arisen through his travails, that had carried him through all his trials.
This American nephew must face his own hate-riven era, the US-Reagan AIDS-hysteria of the 1980’s. Only too late is Herr Meyer able to deliver the promised gift, the packet.
A story of personal triumph, of family cohesion and understanding, of an abiding faith in indestructible love and devotion, this saga does to hatred—to Anti-Semitism and homophobia, in particular—what Uncle Tom’s Cabin did to slavery: it makes hatred intensely, inescapably personal.
A first-person narrative, readers will within it understand viscerally, unforgettably, its characters’ forceful assertion in fighting Anti-Semitism and homophobia, that Hatred is the laziest form of cowardice.™
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