Helga is a woman apart, the kind of woman who is willing to look at things differently. She not only hires an alien flower but she invites her into her home.
Even though Helga is a careful woman. Even when she is reading the newspaper, she arranges her take on the world with care, deliberately and cautiously.
“I would begin at the back, with the deaths and the cinema advertisements, and work forward to the political news.”
But as welcoming as Helga has been to Bibi, as accepting as she has been of her impurity, it is Bibi’s relationship to Helga’s husband which is at the heart of this story, largely unseen, largely undiscussed.
When the notebook falls out of the cupboard, readers long to read what Helga reads, long to know what Bibi is thinking when Helga questions her.