Growing up in a Berlin housing project isn’t easy—just ask Sascha Naimann, the raging, heedless, impossibly charming, Russian-born seventeen-year-old of Alina Bronsky’
s Broken Glass Park
(Europa), who vows to avenge her mother’s death at the hands of her stepfather. A sensation when it was first published in Germany, the pseudonymously authored book details Sascha’s quixotic quest for justice, which derails when she gets involved with a middle-aged newspaper editor and his teenage son. Whether it’s autobiographical or not, Bronsky writes with a gritty authenticity and unputdownable propulsion, capturing the egotism and need of a girl just beginning to understand her own power.