Sensitive, atmospheric, funny – the new book by this author of much-lauded, clever women’s literature.
DAS LIED DES HIMMELS UND DER MEERE
(The Song of Sky and Sea)
by Anne Müller
Penguin Germany/PRH Verlagsgruppe, March 2022
Schleswig, 1872. Emma’s mother is furious when she turns down a proposal from an eligible bachelor. Rather than marry a man she doesn’t love, though, Emma boards the steamship Borussia and emigrates to California. In San Francisco, she accepts a position as companion to a wealthy widow, and soon falls in love with the likeable timber merchant Lars. They get married and plan to start a family, and Emma goes to live with him on Humbolt Bay. Yet their marriage remains childless, Lars is often away on business, and Emma is lonely. When Hans – owner of a shipyard, Lars’s closest friend and best man at their wedding – offers her a position in his office, the two of them develop deep feelings for each other. But there is a love that cannot be.
Touching and refreshing, captivating and with subtle humour, Müller’s novel tells the story of a headstrong young woman who goes against convention, and searches for, finds and follows her own path.
Anne Müller lives in Berlin. After studying theatre and literature sciences she freelanced as a radio journalist before turning to screenwriting. Sommer in Super 8, her first literary novel, found many enthusiastic readers. Zwei Wochen im Juni, her second novel, took her back to her homeland on the Baltic Sea.