It was real shit! It was old-fashioned to provincial!" – The author Daniela Dröscher prefaced her book with this exclamation by Monaco Franze. In it she tells the story of her childhood in a small town in the Hunsrück at the beginning of the 80s. At the end, after 441 pages, one knows why these sentences are at the beginning 441 pages of scenes from a marriage that could hardly be sadder and yet more encouraging.
Daniela Dröscher tells a lot, but not everything. She pauses after each chapter, asks her mother, wants to know if it was as she, the daughter, remembers. She adds, she omits. She wants to tell her mother's story in a way that protects her. Which she succeeds in on every page.
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