Reviews

“Jen­na Kalin­sky’s ‘Great, My Daugh­ter is Mar­ry­ing a Nazi’ is an exquis­ite­ly detailed chron­i­cle of the dis­so­lu­tion of a marriage.” 

Kim Hugh­es, Toron­to Star, Jan­u­ary 8, 2006

What impress­es most about this col­lec­tion is the hon­esty, which at times is gut wrench­ing. Jen­na Kalin­sky offers an inti­mate por­tray­al of her mar­riage to a Ger­man man in the essay, ‘Great, My Daugh­ter Is Mar­ry­ing a Nazi.’ She writes open­ly about the lone­li­ness she felt mov­ing to Ger­many, their strug­gle to bring their two cul­tures togeth­er, and then the ulti­mate dif­fi­cult deci­sion to split.” 

Sidu­ra Lud­wig, Cana­di­an Jew­ish News, Feb­ru­ary 12, 2009.

In ‘Great, My Daugh­ter Is Mar­ry­ing a Nazi,’ edi­tor and author Jen­na Kalin­sky takes read­ers inside her expe­ri­ence of falling in love with a Ger­man, mar­ry­ing him and mov­ing to Ger­many, only to feel like an exot­ic among the locals. ‘My Jew­ish­ness had gone from being an easy­go­ing, organ­ic part of me to being both my dirty secret and my entire glar­ing iden­ti­ty.’ Liv­ing in Ger­many, sur­round­ed by reminders of the Holo­caust, becomes sim­ply too much — both for the author and her mar­riage. Though her hus­band tries to soft­en her expe­ri­ence by bring­ing her cof­fee in the morn­ings, arm­fuls of flow­ers and plan­ning a ski trip, his efforts aren’t enough. ‘I thanked him, but by then we were flanked on all sides by avalanche. The roar, the noise, made it impos­si­ble for me to say thanks loud­ly enough, or for him to hear me.’ Read­ers fol­low as his­to­ry pulls apart the fab­ric of their marriage.”

Bernadette Mur­phy, Los Ange­les Times, August 29, 2005.