The Core That Remains
The action spans from 1944 to the mid 1950’s. It moves from Poland to South Africa. From war to peace. From innocence to experience. It is expertly written.
There are several themes within the novel including that of hiding. Gretl is six years old as the novel opens. She is good at hiding as she has Jewish blood in her. Over the years Gretl continues to hide, if not physically then mentally. Gretl feels safest hiding who she really is.