Summer with Emma
Published by Diogenes as Sommer mit Emma
Original Title: Sommer mit Emma
A family has rented a houseboat and is planning to spend an inspiring holiday on the English canals. Luisa and Daniel look forward to forgetting about everyday life and to having time for each other again for the first time in a long while. Their children Lea and Jasper, both at a difficult age, have agreed to the family trip, because Jasper's nice friend Can is joining in the fun. In addition, Emma is expected to come, Daniel's exceptionally pretty daughter from an affair he had fifteen years ago. And besides, the parents do not need to know about everything that happens. Sure enough, things occur that nobody expected, and the boat feels increasingly crowded. A trip which becomes everything but a relaxing holiday, cleverly told by switching between various perspectives.
»Macabre undertones, sustained tension, shared narrative perspective, winning characters, this is a read that's full of laughter but also tears, and drama galore.«
New Books in German, London