Monika helper

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Josef and Maria Moosbrugger live with their children on the edge of a mountain village. They are the offside, the poor, the baggage. The First World War begins and Josef is drafted. Maria and the children are left alone, dependent on the protection of others. Then Georg appears, who not only speaks High German and is beautiful, but one day he knocks on the door of the baggage…
Mary becomes pregnant with Grete, the child of the family with whom Joseph will never speak a word: the author’s mother.

This novel tells of how unpredictable the course of life is, how childhood damages are passed on, sometimes only as an echo from the past.

Monika Helfer has published novels, stories and children’s books. Her novel Schau mich wenn ich mit dir reden reden was nominated for the German Book Prize in 2017. She has been awarded the Robert Musil Fellowship and the Austrian Prize for Literature, among others.