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Where Love Begins

Translator: Margot Bettauer Dembo
Imprint: Clerkenwell Press
Subject: Clerkenwell Press, Fiction

Where Love Begins

Judith Hermann

There is only a fine line between love and madness

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9781782831709 (3 Mar 2016)

About the book

Stella is married, she has a child and a fulfilling job. She lives with her young family in a house in the suburbs.

Her life is happy and unremarkable, but she is a little lonely-her husband travels a lot for work and so she is often alone in the house with only her daughter for company. One day a stranger appears at her door, a man Stella's never seen before. He says he just wants to talk to her, nothing more. She refuses. The next day he comes again. And then the day after that. He will not leave her in peace. When Stella works out that he lives up the road, and tries to confront him, it makes no difference. This is the beginning of a nightmare that slowly and remorselessly escalates.

Where Love Begins is a delicately wrought, deeply sinister novel about how easily the comfortable lives we construct for ourselves can be shattered.

About the author

Judith Hermann was born in Berlin in 1970. She is the author of Alice,The Summer House, Later and Nothing but Ghosts, which have received a number of literary awards including the Kleist Prize. She lives and works in Berlin.


A finely crafted, perfectly sculpted psychological drama. Masterfully composed...

- NDR Info

Judith Hermann's writing is quiet, clear and careful -- quite unlike any other contemporary German writer -- and has a violent power and energy

- Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung

A star of German literature

- Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

One thing is clear: this is going to be this summer's book sensation in Germany

- Augsburger Allgemeine

A triumph of the novelist's art

- Philip Henscher reviewing "Alice", Guardian

Additional Information

Translator: Margot Bettauer Dembo
Imprint: Clerkenwell Press
Subject: Clerkenwell Press, Fiction

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