The Glimmer Palace by Beatrice Colin. Riverhead Books (2008).
This is the sad and epic tale of Lilly Nelly Aphrodite, born on the eve of the 20th century in Berlin. Her life spans what can only be described as an era of hardship and poverty in Germany. Yet Lilly always manages to survive through a series of events that would leave a lesser person broken. The Glimmer Palace is well-written and moving to the very last page. If you are looking for a tearjerker, this is the book for you.
(Originally posted on LibraryThing, May 29, 2008)