Shimmering with the incandescence and irresistible magic of the novels of Alice Hoffman, Joanne Harris, and Aimee Bender, Katharina Hagena's smash international bestseller, The Taste of Apple Seeds, is a story of love and loss that will captivate your heart.
When Iris unexpectedly inherits her grandmother's house in the country, she also inherits the painful memories that linger there. Should she keep it or sell it? The choice is not easy, for the cottage is a place of enchantment and sensual mystery where currant jam tastes of tears, blue sparks crackle at the touch of fingertips, love makes apple trees bloom—and dark secrets pulsate in the house's nooks and shadows. . . .
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About the Author
Katharina Hagena is the author of On Sleep and Disappearing. She lives in Hamburg, Germany.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
THE TASTE OF APPLE SEEDS is a story infused with life, longing, and family. When Bertha, Iris’ grandmother, passes away Iris finds out she has inherited her house in the countryside. Iris plans on staying at the house for a week to help her decide what to do with the property, but things aren’t as simple as they appear. There are so many memories and secrets lurking in every room of the enchanted house waiting to be uncovered. Three generations of women have loved and lost in this house, filling the house with their tears, hopes, and dreams. While visually captivating, THE TASTE OF APPLE SEEDS seems to try too hard for the magical realism to truly blossom. Perhaps it’s an issue of “lost in translation”, but while I sensed so much potential it fell a little short. I enjoyed learning the history and secrets of Iris’ family, but there was a lack of a solid plot to drive the story along. THE TASTE OF APPLE SEEDS has the glimmer of magic and beauty and I look forward to more of the author’s writing to see it fully shine.
Just finished The Taste of Apple Seeds by Katharina Hagena. This short book is beautifully written. The word pictures evocative of a different time and place. The characters largely well developed and likeable for all their foibles. I would have loved to go on and on in their stories though. I found this book well worth reading. It's different from most recent fiction because of the care with which it is written. I found the details and wording brought me into the book somehow. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Will definitely look for more from this author.
Iris is a young woman who has recently lost her grandmother and has now inherited the family home. With a mother and two aunts who are quite possibly offended by her inheritance she moves into the house to learn about her heritage and figure out what she is going to do with the home. My main issue was this book was just generally hard to follow. The story changed from past to present and it was had keeping all the characters straight and their relationships to one other in line. I think the reason why this book didn't feel like it flowed was it is a translation. I was unaware of this until after starting to read it, but I just couldn't keep up with the story and the characters.