German Awakening: Tales from an American Life
German Awakening: Tales from an American Life.
2019 IPPY Bronze Award Winner for Best Midwest Nonfiction
A true-life novel by Amy Hallberg, published by Wise Ink Creative Publishing, Minneapolis. Copyright 2018.
Here’s the story:
For Amy Hallberg, small town struggles and a passion for language led to retreat from American life. A brief 1987 exchange program in West Germany, including visits to both sides of the Berlin Wall, forever changed Amy’s worldview. Through the eyes of her host family, Amy came to recognize Germany’s past as a mirror on her homeland.
Two years later, the Wall fell and Reunification began.
As Frau Hallberg, high school teacher, Amy spent the following decades unpacking German lessons on language, human nature, and — most importantly — herself.