Fiction

 

 

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
Where the Wolf Lurks

 

Lilac Schuster lives the American dream: A house with a pool in the heart of Silicon Valley, a husband who is a CEO of an Israeli-US start-up, and a son whom she dearly loves. But then, Jamal Jones, a classmate of Adam’s, collapses and dies at a party.
It is only later that Lilac learns that Jamal had been bullying her son. Lilac’s concern about her son turns into a disturbing uneasiness: Maybe Jamal‘s death wasn‘t an accident after all?
Lilac sets off on a detective trail after her own son. Her journey leads her to Annabella Jones, Jamal’s mother. The encounter between these very different women is a source of resentment, but also of compassion and grace. As the tension between them surges, the two mothers are looking for truth and forgiveness.

A novel of psychological ingenuity about how the people we think we know best often remain the biggest mystery to us – our children.
 

»WHERE THE WOLF LURKS is a daring novel, that is asking us not just what we know about our own children but what we are willing to discover about ourselves.« Dror Mishani
 

»WHERE THE WOLF LURKS is not a thriller. But it‘s extremely thrilling. Human beings are thrilling when Ayelet Gundar-Goshen is the one writing about them.« Eshkol Nevo


»A suspenseful and unexpected novel about a mother‘s fears, racism, guilt and the destructive mechanisms of an American high school.« Mareike Fallwickl
 

»Gundar-Goshen is adept at instilling emotional depth.« New York Times

 

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Brazil (Todavia), France (Presses de la Cité), Italy (Neri Pozza), Netherlands (Cossee), Portugal (Elsinore), Russia (Sindbad), Slovakia (Artforum), USA (Little Brown)

 

 

 

 

 

Marion Karausche
The Empty Seat

 

A family goes off the rails after their son falls ill with schizophrenia. An unsparing, radical novel about the devastation caused by a mental illness. Morocco, whitewashed houses, radiant sun, bright colours, exotic smells – against a picture-perfect backdrop, the drama of a mental illness unfolds, striking at the heart of a family. Kai, the son, has finished school and is about to embark on his life. But then he does not return from his holiday with friends and breaks off contact with his parents. Even before this event, his parents had been puzzled by certain things. A strange expression in their son’s eyes, for example, or his sudden inability to make a decision. A call from a psychiatric hospital in Germany confirms their suspicions. Kai has been admitted after setting fire to his car. From then on, the family feels as if it belongs to another planet. His mother, father and sister are all held captive by his disease and anxiety. A powerful, harrowing book about how to hold on to happiness when misfortune comes knocking.

»A mother can only be as happy as her most unhappy child.« Sarah Hrdy

 

 

 

 

 

Max Küng
Foreign Friends

 

On the one hand, the invitation sounds perfect. Six days in a holiday cottage in France. A break from everyday routine, rounded off by applepicking in the orchard, and homemade apple juice to take back home. On the other hand, the parents of Laurent, Quentin and Denis only know each other from parents’ evenings. No wonder that behind the façade of this perfect holiday idyll, emotions quickly begin to seethe. Might the hosts Jean and Jacqueline have ulterior motives with their invitation? What about the strangely chilly mood between Bernhard and his wife, Veronika? Is Filipp as good a partner to his girlfriend Salome as his attractive appearance suggests? And what’s with all the weird goings-on that even the perfectionist Jean can no longer ignore?
 

 

 

 

 

Fabio Lanz
A Cold Heart

 

Independent, a diehard single woman, with a calling to the piano, but a passion for police work — meet Zurich’s Inspector Sarah Conti! This is Sarah Conti’s first case. The inspector of the Zurich police force is called to investigate a murder that is unlike anything she has seen before. The brutal execution of a lawyer and member of the establishment leads deeper into entanglements of guilt and atonement in a political setting where evil has been elevated to an art form.

When Sarah Conti is summoned to the crime scene one stormy October night, she can’t believe her eyes. A horribly disfigured corpse lies in a park next to Zurich’s lake promenade. The deceased was a man of distinction. But it soon becomes apparent that Markus Feldmann cultivated relations with a notorious network all across Europe. Are vigilante murders now encroaching on the city of Zurich, an environment renowned for safety, cleanliness and genteel hypocrisy? The more Sarah and her team investigate, the more an abyss of silence, gloom and horror opens up. Where only recently the light of prosperity and glamour seemed to shine, dark clouds gather. In the end, the inspector has to fear for her own life.

 

 

 

 

 

Simone Meier
Allure

 

Valerie is in her mid-50s; Luca is not yet 20. She is becoming increasingly bored by the trials and tribulations of love. For him, it is all happening for the first time. She wants less of everything whereas he just wants everything. Valerie is a journalist whose eloquent articles sometimes stretch the truth; Luca is a school drop-out, who prefers doing casual holiday work to flying to Mallorca. The world-weary cynic meets the impassioned idealist through Lucas’ father, who is Valerie’s best friend. And then a girl turns up in one of Valerie’s articles who suddenly becomes very present in Luca’s life.

“Simone Meier plays with words, sends thoughts on roller-coaster rides and creates an atmosphere as if with the finest sandpaper that sizzles terrifically from the very beginning.” Spiegel Online

“Simone Meier proves herself to be a close observer of the relationship rites of today’s metropolitans.” WDR 3
 

 

 

 

 

Milena Moser
More Than One Life

 

A complex and compelling book that explores the question of identity: How much of it is actually determined by ourselves, and how much is conditioned by the people around us and the decisions we take. Helen’s childhood is anything but carefree. Her mother processes her separation from Helen’s father Luc primarily with alcohol, while Luc prefers to give himself over to his job and an everchanging lineup of girlfriends, rather than face up to his responsibilities. As a result, Helen learns sooner than she’d like how to get ready for kindergarten on her own, and how to cover for her mother’s outburst in front of bystanding neighbors. Fortunately, there’s also the Esposito family and their son Frank, who holds Helen’s hand and shares his packed lunch with her. One day, when Luc claims custody, Helen is faced with a fundamental decision. In which direction will her life go? Will she become a success who married her sandbox lover, but is burdened by a guilt that clouds the happiness of her own family? Or does she want to run far, far away — finally seize independence, try new things, and reinvent herself? After all, you only live once — right?
 

 

 

 

 

Sven Pfizenmaier
Outside The People Are Celebrating

 

An exuberant, bold and strident debut about living in the back country and being different in an environment that has no place for outsiders. And about an owl that peddles drugs. A normal village in Lower Saxony: a traffic circle in the middle, the city bank next to it, and the annual Onion Festival in September. But not everyone here fits into the staid structure of village life. Timo, Valerie, and Richard have been outsiders since birth. As gradually more and more young people begin disappearing across the country, the three friends realize they might not be alone in their desire to run off and break free. Together they set off in search of the missing, but what they find is something they never could have expected.

»Sven Pfizenmaier is a magician and a world wanderer. His subtle, hypnotic, yet incredibly funny novel seems to speak directly to the subconscious.« Alina Bronsky, author of, among others, Baba Dunjas letzte Liebe (Baba Dunja‘s Last Love) and Barbara stirbt nicht (Barbara Doesn‘t Die)

»The author is like that ominous and charismatic person at a party, who spins story after story full of gossip, and you keep listening to him, even after the beer in your hand has gone stale.« PhilippWwinkler, author of Hool

»Sven Pfizenmaier‘s snappy cascades of sentences are a delight, and his emancipated characters are not easily forgotten - literary high comedy, copied from life.« DanaGrigorcea, author of Die nicht sterben (That Which Doesn’t Die)
 

 

 

 

Non Fiction

 

 

 

 

Andrea Gerk
Reading As Medicine

 

Books can give comfort, hold up a mirror, offer refuge, change perspectives, give meaning, ignite passion and heal diseases. But how does this over-the-counter medicine for life’s small and large problems work, already prescribed by Doctor Erich Kästner in his book Lyrische Hausapotheke? Andrea Gerk set off a search of answers – to a hospital, a monastery and a prison. She is prescribed novels by bibliotherapists and has her brain analysed by neuroscientists while reading poems. She interviews writers and browsed countless books. All to track down the mysterious effect of reading.

»You can hardly wish for a better argument to read.« Brigitte

»Reading As Medicine should find a place at the top of the bestseller list.« Der Spiegel

»Terrific. This book is a gift to all passionate readers.« Books Magazine

 

 

 

 

 

Verena Friederike Hasel
A Line Is A Period, Gone For A Walk

 

An activity book that teaches children in 39 chapters, what is really important in life. A gift book for pupils between the ages of 8 and 14 – and their teachers. Today‘s children and teenagers have very busy everyday-lives. Their school days are long, and then in the afternoons they rush off to violin lessons and basketball practice. A lot of things fall by the wayside. For example, the good feeling of missing out on something. Or carving a frog out of an apple. Knowing how to take care of yourself, but also knowing how to take care of others. Never condemning, but instead celebrating them. Discovering how to belong somewhere and still be free. Developing a love for the world and the courage to change it. The author of the successful Der tanzende Direktor (The Dancing Director) has put her experiences into practice and written a participatory book, full of surprises, for children and young people to accompany them throughout the year.

 

 

 

 

 

Henrik Jungaberle, Jörg Böckem
Being High


The subject of drugs is a highly controversial one in public discussions. Substances such as alcohol and nicotine are legal and socially accepted, whereas others are illegal, regardless of the real dangers they pose. Misinformation, mistakes and clichés steer discussions. Being High is a handbook for anyone who wants a more informed view of all kinds of drugs, intoxication and addiction, effects, side effects and risks. The authors are experts who complement each other perfectly: a journalist and ex-junkie who has overcome his addiction to heroin, and a scientist who has been involved in addiction prevention programmes for years.

”A book that teaches in the best sense. Being enlightened about drugs can be vital to living.” Der Spiegel

“Compulsory reading for young people who do not want to head mindlessly into some adventure, as well as open-minded adults who want to understand their teenage children better.” n-tv.de
 

 

 

 

 

Mikael Krogerus, Roman Tschäppeler
The To Do Book

 

These masters of minimalism, Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschäppeler, can dissect complex theories and cut to the chase so skilfully that even the most complicated connections are laid out simply and clearly. ACTION. It sounds pretty easy, but it’s not. Krogerus & Tschäppeler’s latest book is dedicated to one of the most difficult questions of modern life: How can we manage everything at once? Not only unanswered emails, short-term projects and long-term goals, but everything: caring for our children, our ageing grandparents, our dream home, our health, hobbies, friendship, love, sleep and how to run a 4-minute-mile. We want and need to take care of all these things because they are important. But how? Surprising answers to this question can be found in the latest book by this best-selling duo.

 

 

 

 

 

Nina Kunz
I think I think too much

 

Everything’s “chill” – or so you might think, according to the world of Instagram in its hip pastel colours. Am I, the writer wonders, the only one who almost misses deadlines by the skin of her teeth because she’s stayed up until five in the morning stuck down a rabbit-hole of useless online information? Don’t the other hyper-flexible millennials feel desperate when faced with the flood of data, climate change and gender pay-gap? And how do young people deal with the discrepancy between
their own First-World problems and the fairly existential crises that these issues can plunge you into?
In a clever and entertaining way, the journalist Nina Kunz deals with discomfort in the digital age and strikes the nerve of a generation in her incisive texts.
 

 

 

 

 

Tanja Raich
Paradise Is Female

 

Let’s turn the known world upside down: What would our lives look like, if women were in charge instead of men? 20 authors are searching for matriarchy. We constantly talk about patriarchy. What it’s responsible for, what it destroys, and what it prevents. But what exactly would change if women were actually in charge? Would the world be a fairer, more loving, and better place? Here, in 20 original contributions, German-speaking authors examine these questions, illuminating and complicating – in styles both literary and essayistic – ideas about life under matriarchy and all it touches: family, work, education, journalism, of course, but also the naming of superheroes in comics. The texts are hopeful and perplexing. They look back, they exaggerate, they deconstruct, but above all else, they emphasize one thing through their unbelievable and collective range: we are living in a time of upheaval.

Including contributions from Shida Bazyar, Mareike Fallwickl, Linus Giese, Kübra Gümüşay, Simone Hirth, Gertraud Klemm, Julia Korbik, Miku Sophie Kühmel, Kristof Magnusson, Nicolas Mahler, Barbara Rieger, Emilia Roig, Jaroslav Rudiš, Mithu Sanyal, Tonio Schachinger, Margit Schreiner, Anke Stelling, Sophia Süßmilch, Philipp Winkler and Feridun Zaimoglu.

»It‘s not about reversing the hierarchies, but about questioning them.« Mithu Sanyal
 

 

 

 

 

Gift Books

 

 

Frank Baumann
What's Wrong Here? 
Part II

 

More puzzling fun: The sequel of Frank Baumann’s successful gift book What’s wrong here? is a real challenge. Find the seven differences in 24 photographies from around the globe. Can you keep a cool head and find all seven differences? At first glance, each set of pictures seem to be identical - but wait, here there‘s a spot of chewing gum missing! And are all the palm leaves really the same? Quite tricky. The What’s Wrong Here series are books about subtle differences, that you won‘t want to put down. This follow-up volume is ingenious as always and promises to be fun and addictive! Frank Baumann‘s witty pictures take us on a journey across the globe: from snow-covered Zurich, to Broadway, into a cab, and later to a sandy beach. Unnoticed surprises await!

 

 

Andrea Gerk, Moni Port
I’m Out Of Here: Ideas to stop our obsession with optimisation​

 

Nothing is more boring than the well-groomed, well-toned, pink-cheeked success-story of a person who lives her life using self-optimisation strategies, the kind we can read about in every journal. Her cupboards are de-cluttered, her days run like clockwork and even her love life is efficient. On the other hand, we all love the oddball who surrounds himself with stacks of untidy books, casts tidying guides to the wind, enjoys fresh air only in homoeopathic doses, and is a stranger to exercise but a diehard fan of old-fashioned values: long meals instead of intermittent fasting, napping, reading old newspapers, strolling instead of counting steps and guilt-free partying through the night. This almost obsolete creature, who goes by the name of ‘hedonist’ these days, has to be saved from extinction.
 

 

 

 

 

Lukas Linder, Leonie Rösler
The Art of a Good Week

 

Once a week you should pause, consider your highs and lows and reflect on the bygone days: This book helps with entertaining short texts, briefings, and amusing and creative tasks for each week. Life never stops dragging us by the nose with its deadlines. Everything passes by so quickly that we can hardly tell the difference between an appointment for dental hygiene and our own wedding day. You might consider pausing and shouting “carpe diem” - but life doesn‘t understand Latin. That’s where this book comes in: In 52 cheerful and ironic sections structured around the weeks of the year, the author coaches us, taking a close look at every occasion that can arise in our lives - from big themes and existential dramas, to living, loving and dying, to everyday stupidity. The chapters are addressed directly to the particular owners of the book, who are invited to report on the highs and lows of their own week. Each dialog is supplemented by a weekly task. In this way, the book becomes an individual memory book, where the very personal aspects of your unique life meet with general universal truths, and creative forces are released
 

 

 

 

 

Moni Port, Philip Wächter
Breathe the Pain Away!

 

An illustrated book to comfort back-pain sufferers that works better than any medicine. Because, as Louis de Funès already knew, laughter is to the soul what oxygen is to the lungs. When illustrator Moni Port suffered from excruciating back pain for months, she still managed to see the funny side of things and took notes. There was a silver lining to her story because her husband is an illustrator. He supported her throughout that time, and when she was able to walk normally again, the two of them set to work on a joint project written by Moni Port and illustrated by Philip Waechter. The result is a self-deprecating but comforting book that traces the pitfalls of modern medicine and its contradictory diagnoses and therapies.

»The fact that pain doesn’t always come from the same source makes life bearable.« Friedrich Hebbel

 

 

 

 

Ursus Wehrli
Tidying Up the World

 

Life is messy. Luckily Ursus Wehrli keeps tidying it up. AfterTidying Up Art and The Art of Clean Up, in which he organised art and everyday objects, Mr Wehrli now turns to fixing up the world! The world is sorted into religions, seasons by colour, and clouds according to size. Social structures are straightened up, political hierarchies levelled, and Wehrli’s ingenious tidying up idea goes a step further, giving us a surprising, refreshing and new perspective on our everyday lives.

»An ingenious idea by a tidy Swiss writer.« Die Welt