Olga by Bernhard Schlink

Olga is an orphan raised by her grandmother in a Prussian village around the turn of the 20th century when she falls in love with Herbert, a local aristocrat who obsessively pursues adventure and the attainment of greatness in line with the era’s dreams of glory and power.

Olga is a woman out of step with the time she lives in, this is her story and the story of love lost to the pursuit of a hopeless quest, told in thought and letters.

Prior to picking up this book I had started and put down several books – Olga got me out of my reading slump.