Dery, Dominika. The Twelve Little Cakes: Memoir of a Prague Childhood.

Author:Theiss, Nola
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

DERY, Dominika. The twelve little cakes; memoir of a Prague childhood. Penguin, Riverhead. 370p. c2004. 1-59448-139-3. $15.00. JSA

Dominika Dery was born in the mid-'70s in Prague to a young couple who were considered dissidents by the ruling Communists. Her mother was the daughter of high-ranking party members who disowned her when she married a poor dissident, yet her parents managed to make a happy, if impoverished, childhood home for their two daughters. Dery tells her story through childish eyes, but her observations about the Czech society in the '70s and '80s are very mature. Her descriptions of her parents, her sister, the neighbors and her childhood friends are both sweet and tart. She tells the story of her aspirations, her predicaments, and her parents' financial difficulties and distress; she loves her parents, but...

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