Carmen Korn was born in 1952 in Düsseldorf. She is the daughter of the composer Heinz Korn. Following her studies at the Henri Nannen School of Journalism, she worked as an editor for various publications including Stern. She is married and has two grown-up children. The first volume of her trilogy, Daughters of a New Time was an unexpected success. The trilogy has sold more than 1.8 million copies so far and reached the top of the bestseller list.
It’s the spring of 1970, and Henny Unger is celebrating a “big” birthday, reaching the same age as the century. During her garden party, her three best friends Käthe, Lina and Ida never leave her side. But the circle of friends and well-wishers has widened. The four friends have become mothers and grandmothers.
Henny’s granddaughter is a photo journalist reporting from crisis-hit areas around the world. She has developed a strong, intimate friendship with Florentine, Ida’s glamorous daughter, a model and member of the international jet set. Ruth, the adoptive daughter of Käthe and Rudi, has become a permanent fixture in their social circle.
A committed, passionate young journalist, Ruth seems to be drifting into murky political waters. She sympathises with the recently founded Red Army Faction, not least because of her husband. And Katja finds her love life to be anything but smooth sailing. While visiting East Berlin, she meets an actor who refuses to leave the GDR, leaving them only the option of secret meetings in Prague and Budapest. In November 1989, the Berlin Wall falls, sparking an era of upheaval whose effects are even felt in Uhlenhorst.