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Love in Five Acts

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781529406382

Price: £14.99

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“Highly recommended” Sunday Times

“Utterly captivating” Woman and Home

“Sympathetic and clear-eyed” Financial Times Summer Reads of 2021

“Unfailingly impressive” Irish Times

“Sparse and precise” Telegraph

“Beautifully direct and lucid prose . . . fierce intelligence” Melbourne Age & Sydney Morning Herald

“A beautiful novel of what it is to be a women in modern Europe” New European

An intelligent study of female desire, ambition and frailty” Observer


Bookseller Paula has lost a child, and a husband. Where will she find her happiness? Fiercely independent Judith thinks more of horses than men, but that doesn’t stop her looking for love online. Brida is a writer with no time to write, until she faces a choice between her work and her family. Abandoned by the “perfect” man, Malika struggles for recognition from her parents. Her sister Jorinde, an actor, is pregnant for a third time, but how can she provide for her family alone?

Love in Five Acts explores what is left to five women when they have fulfilled their roles as wives, mothers, friends, lovers, sisters and daughters. As teenagers they experienced the fall of the Berlin Wall, but freedom brings with it another form of pressure: the pressure of choice.

Punchy and entirely of the moment, Love in Five Acts engages head-on with what it is to be a woman in the twenty-first century.

Translated from the German by Jamie Bulloch

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