Going Over by Beth Kephart
Published by Chronicle Books
It is 1983 Berlin, Germany where we find a wall of cement and concertina wire that separates the city and separates two lovers Ada and Stefan. Ada, a graffiti artist in the West, wants Stefan, in the East, to go over the wall, but with more failures than successes, odds are not in Stefan’s favor.
Beth Kephart expertly weaves Going Over between the lives of Ada and Stefan. Ada is not only a graffiti artist, but also works with children of Turkish immigrants. She desires to save these children from their hard future as well as Stefan from his. Across the wall, we find Stefan whose only connection to his dream is through his Grandfather’s old telescope. Each point of view transports us into the heart and soul of each character. Ms Kephart has created a hauntingly lyrical and powerful story about lives in a divided Berlin, about choices and consequences, about love and loss that draws you in and won’t let you go long after you’ve put the book down.
Note! If you are looking for another novel about graffiti artists, Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley is a powerful story of an anonymous graffiti artist and a girl that goes looking for him.