Brigitte Riebe completed a doctorate in history before becoming a publishing editor. She has written many successful novels set in past historical eras. Her books have been translated into many languages. She lives with her husband in Munich.
THE KU’DAMM SISTERS: YEARS OF RECONSTRUCTION (VOL. I)
The post-war economic boom, a new consumerism, dreamy new fashions in pastel shades – three sisters take charge of a Berlin department store
Berlin, May 1945. The city is in ruins, as are the souls of its people. The Thalheim department store on Berlin’s Ku’damm has been badly damaged by the bombing. Family patriarch Friedrich is injured, his son Oskar missing somewhere in Russia. This is the hour of the three Thalheim daughters, who are intent on restoring their department store to its former glory. Rike, the eldest, turns out to be a shrewd businesswoman who sacrifices everything for the good of the firm. The beautiful Silvie, on the other hand, has no interest in financial matters and turns her attention to her admirers and having a good time.
After the currency reform and the founding of the new Federal Republic, things finally seem to be going uphill. Berliners are becoming consumers again, hungry for luxury goods. But the new era brings difficulties, too. Florentine, the youngest daughter, develops into an enfant terrible. When a dark secret is revealed that throws a shameful light on the business, the three sisters are forced to confront a past still very much alive…