Anja Baumheier was born in Dresden in 1979 and spent her childhood in the GDR. Today she lives with her family in Berlin, teaching French and Spanish at a school there. The Land Of Cranes is her debut novel.
After many years Elise returns to the village where she grew up, Peleroich on Mecklenburg’s Baltic coast. This is where she met Henning and Jakob, the two loves of her life. Henning was the reliable one she’d known since kindergarten while Jakob was the local heartthrob who dreamt of a career as an artist and one day disappeared from her life without a trace.
Elise dives deep into her own past and into the history of Peleroich, where her parents met in the 1950s. During the communist era, the village clocks ticked as slowly as ever. People would meet at the Kastanienhof for a beer, drive to the seaside or go for walks in the nearby forest. Until the day that news broke that one of the villagers had been helping people escape to the West via the Baltic Sea…