In nine luminous stories of love and loss, loneliness and hope, Judith Hermann's stunning debut collection paints a vivid and poignant picture of a generation ready and anxious to turn their back on the past, to risk uncertainty in search of a fresh, if fragile, equilibrium. An international bestseller and translated into twelve languages, Summerhouse, Later heralds the arrival of one of Germanys most arresting new literary talents.
A restless man hopes to find permanence in the purchase of a summerhouse outside Berlin. A young girl, trapped in a paralyzing web of family stories and secrets, finally manages to break free. A granddaughter struggles to lay her grandmother's ghosts to rest. A successful and simplistic artist becomes inexplicably obsessed with an elusive and strangely sinister young girl.
Against the backdrop of contemporary Berlin, possibly Europe's most vibrant and exhilarating city, Hermann's characters are as kaleidoscopic and extraordinary as their metropolis, united mostly in a furious and dogged pursuit of the elusive specter of "living in the moment." They're people who, in one way or another, constantly challenge the madness of the modern world and whose dreams of transcending the ordinary for that "narrow strip of sky over the rooftops" are deeply felt and perfectly rendered.
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About the Author
Judith Hermann lives in Berlin, where she works as a freelance writer. Summerhouse, Later is her first book.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Each story is captivating in its own subtle way. I was drawn into different vantages and ended up relating to the characters and their obscure situations, whether I wanted to or not. More than once in my life I have found myself suffering the characters' chaos and laughed aloud at the irony. Grossly real [like life], I highly recommend to this to anyone who enjoys tasting other realities.
this book was really good! each story was well written and keep me wanting more