Heir to the Glimmering World is a highly atmospheric novel set in New York in the 1930s. When a young woman becomes assistant to a German professor living in the Bronx, she must find her place in his chaotic household and learn to navigate the eccentric generosity of his benefactor, an aging Christopher Robin.
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Lately I've been on a kick of reading WW2 stories, fiction and nonfiction. Most of the stories have been based in Europe or the UK, with all the attending horror of that period. This novel, however, is about a Jewish family who escapes Germany and is brought to America by the Quakers, who rescued as many Jews as they could.
The story is about the German family, but also about the American girl who comes to work for them as a companion/au pair/secretary. It is also about a young man who is a benefactor to the family, and their five-star relationship with him.
Sometimes the story veers a bit heavily into the philosophy that is part of the German father's study. But mostly, it is about the interaction in the family with this benefactor and the secretary who keep the family afloat and sane.