Sonata for Miriam (Olsson)

A very compelling, moving story, Sonata for Miriam takes us through a man’s journey to self-discovery. A Jewish refugee from Poland during WWII as an infant, his “mother” did not speak of his past or even speak at all. The day his daughter dies, he comes across a photo of a man who bears his same name and begins a search for his past. It leads him out of his despair, links him to friends of his family from the past, and reconnects him to the love of his life Cecilia (the mother of his now deceased daughter). This story is told in a very emotional style; much of what you come to understand is through nuance and tone instead of details. For me, maybe there weren’t quite enough details. I found myself wanting more; feeling unsatisfied at the end.

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