In This Terrible Happiness, set in a small town in Virginia, we meet fifteen people in different stages of their lives. With great warmth and serene melancholy, this multi-perspective novel draws a vivid picture of the longing for intimacy and of the at times desperate attempts to reach it. It tenderly embraces us as readers – as if it tells of ourselves, our families, our friends.

About the writer:
Annette Mingels was born in Cologne in 1971. She studied German Literature and Sociology and graduated with a dissertation. For her literary writing she received various awards, most recently the Book award of the Ravensburger Foundation for the novel „Was alles war“ (2017). From 1997 to 2009 Annette Mingels lived in Switzerland, then in New York and Hamburg. Since 2018 she has been living in San Francisco.

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