Julian, a 12-year-old boy, is on the cusp of puberty in 1960s West Germany in Ralf Rothmann's "Young Light." It's a story about the powerlessness of childhood and hopes for the future.
What's life like for a 12-year-old growing up in the 1960s in the industrial Ruhr area of Germany? Rothmann's masterful novel brings the adolescent protagonist's world to life through precise psychological details.
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