My mother was right about a lot of things, but on one topic she was spectacularly wrong, and that was the fascination with Oma Kristel's death. Even now, so much later, and after all that happened that terrible year, I am quite convinced that if you mentioned the name of Kristel Kolvenbach to anyone in Bad Munstereifel, they would instantly say, "Wasn't she the woman who exploded at her own Advent dinner?" (p.14)Well, that would be a memorable way to exit, now wouldn't it?
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