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by Anne Richter
Publication Date: November 7, 2019
Neem Tree Press
Hardcover; 240 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance/Saga
Distant Signs is an intimate portrait of two families spanning three generations amidst turbulent political change, behind and beyond the Berlin Wall. In 1960s East Germany, Margret, a professor’s daughter from the city, meets and marries Hans, from a small village in Thuringia. The couple struggle to contend with their different backgrounds, and the emotional scars they bear from childhood in the aftermath of war. As East German history gradually unravels, with collision of the personal and political, their two families’ hidden truths are quietly revealed. An exquisitely written novel with strongly etched characters that stay with you long after the book is finished and an authentic portrayal of family life behind the iron curtain based on personal experience of the author who is East German and was 16 years old at the fall of the Berlin Wall. Why do families repeat destructive patterns of behaviour across generations? Should the personal take precedence over the political? Can we rise above our histories and political identities to forge a new understanding of the past and to welcome change?
About the Author
Anne Richter, born in 1973 in Jena, Germany, studied Romance and English Languages and Literature in Jena, Oxford and Bologna. Between 2005 and 2008 she received several writers’ grants. In 2009, she took part in the Writers’ Prose Workshop at the Literary Colloquium in Berlin, and in 2011 was nominated for the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize. In 2012, she published the short story collection Fight like Men. In 2014, she published the poetry pamphlet Marble and Moss. She lives with her daughter in Heidelberg, where she works as an author and languages teacher. She is currently working on her second novel, for which she received a writers’ residency grant in 2015.