Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple
Newbery, Linda.
New York : David Fickling Books, 2004.
ISBN 0385750358
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It is hard for us to imagine our grandparents as young people who led very full lives.  We may hear stories of their youth but it doesn't always sound interesting or even real!  When Hilly's grandmother is suffering from Alzheimer's disease, she reveals many things about her past that the family didn't know.  She is haunted by the past and feels guilty about someone named Rachel.  It becomes evident that this has something to do with the Jewish Holocaust but Hilly and her sister Zoe can't understand the meaning behind some of the ramblings.  Add to that, Zoe's new boyfriend -- a Neo Nazi Jew hating skinhead.  Hilly's new relationship with a Palestinian. Their father's infidelity.  How will all these stories come together?  And where do grandmother's memories fit in to all this?
SUBJECTS:     Grandmothers -- Fiction.
                        Alzheimer's disease -- Fiction.
                        Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Fiction.
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