Goethe Pop Up Book Klub August

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8/19/21

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8/19/21

Aug 19, 2021

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Goethe Pop Up Online Book Klub: Daniela Krien's LOVE IN CASE OF EMERGENCY

August 19, 2021, 7:00PM (PDT) | 10:00PM (EDT)

Join Goethe Pop Up Seattle at our August book club meeting! Register [here] to receive Zoom access info.

The book club is free and open to everyone interested, but participants must purchase the individual texts themselves and are expected to have read the title to be discussed prior to the meeting.

Feel free to read this month’s selection in English or its original German. The discussion will be in English.

Pick up an English language copy of the August selection from our neighborhood bookstore Elliott Bay Book Company, or borrow the German eBook or audiobook from the [Goethe-Institut's eLibrary].

About the August selection:

Love in Case of Emergency (German: Die Liebe im Ernstfall). By Daniela Krien

288 pp

Their names are Paula, Judith, Brida, Malika and Jorinde. They grew up within the borders of the GDR, and now, after the fall of the Wall, they want everything. They achieve a lot, but they must always grapple with their roles as women: Do you have to please? Do you have to be pleasing? Is being alone an option, or is one only a real woman with a husband or family? And how can love work in times like these?

Paula meets her future husband on a hot summer evening. They marry and have a child, but the child dies, and the boundless grief takes everything away. Judith, Paula's best friend, an established doctor—a cultivated woman, sure of herself—searches for her dream men through her bed. Behind her ironic detachment is an almost girlish desire for tender love. Then she gets pregnant by the right man at the wrong time and secretly aborts the child. Brida is a writer and a woman who wanted it all, who got caught between her love for her children and her inner need to write. Malika was a promising violinist as a teenager, but her hope for a great career fades, as does her hope for a family and children, when her husband leaves her. But then Jorinde appears, Malika's younger sister, successful and interesting, who has everything Malika does not, and makes her sister an outrageous offer.

Questions? Send an email to info-seattle@goethe.de.

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