Irma Fritz Irretrievably Broken

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Irretrievably Broken

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Irretrievably Broken is the haunting, funny, and heartbreaking account of German ex-patriots Nora, Ruth, and Bettina Adler. The plot takes us across the U.S., to the bush country of Canada, and to a cold case murder scene in Germany as this multicultural family deals with diversity and racism. The novel is populated with unforgettable characters in a sometimes shocking and always unflinchingly honest exploration of the past. Jacket art by Kellie von Beck www.kellievonbeck.com

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Where does inspiration spring from?
While I'm working on a novel, my brain seems to sift what I hear and see around me. It discards this and that experience, perhaps chooses one for a starring role, another for a mere cameo. This is not a conscious process as I often don't even remember the event as it sneaks into my work. Later, when I recall the moment, the feeling, the look, and see it fleshed out on paper, it's a surprise to me.
I'm on a bus and see a man who has cut himself shaving. Next, I meet him again in my novel as Joe, a programmer living in Seattle, angry, still smarting over his divorce, acutely aware of the younger generation pushing him aside, perhaps making his existence irrelevant. I'm amazed at the miracle that caused this completely formed character spring to life in my writing from a man on the bus with a small nick on his chin.
While sitting in a sidewalk cafe in Seattle, I overhear a girl on her cell phone. She gets a cameo appearance during a sweltering L.A. afternoon in an edgy street scene of Watts. It was her spark of anger that brought her into the scene once I sat down to write.
I read a newspaper article about a mikvah being discovered when a neighboring property in my German hometown is torn down. An interesting event, soon dismissed from conscious memory, surprisingly hijacks my tale of travel and adventure to take a center role in Irretrievably Broken.
Where does inspiration come from? I certainly don't know. It's a miracle.

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How does one generation come to terms with the crimes of another?
Irretrievably Broken is the haunting, funny, and heartbreaking account of German ex-patriots Nora, Ruth, and Bettina Adler. The plot takes us across the U.S., to the bush country of Canada, and to a cold case murder scene in Germany as this multicultural family deals with diversity and racism. The novel is populated with unforgettable characters in a sometimes shocking and always unflinchingly honest exploration of the past.
Nora is obsessed with her Native-American husband she's about to divorce and consumed with guilt over a friend she may have caused harm; Ruth, whose blunt statements are often inappropriate, witnessed a brutal murder and saved a life during the Holocaust; and 12-year-old Bettina, the mixed race child of an African-American and a white German, is devastated by the death of her mother and neglect of her father. 
Irretrievably Broken is a novel of family and friendship, of love and loss, of guilt and forgiveness, of faith tested and affirmed. 

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