Eva Sichelschmidt was born in the green belt surrounding the Ruhr area. She moved to Berlin in 1989 to work as a costume designer for film and opera before opening a made-to-measure studio and a shop called Whisky and Cigars that gained fame across the city. Her first novel, Die Ruhe weg, was published in 2017. She lives in Rome and Berlin.
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The saga of the Rautenberg family and its downfall is a panoramic story of national scope. At the time when Wilhelm and Inga first set eyes on each other, Konrad Adenauer is the chancellor of Germany. The beautiful Inga, a doctor’s daughter, meets Wilhelm, a successful equestrian whose mid-sized company is about to become a world market leader. The two are a dream couple. But a few months after the birth of their second child, Inga dies of leukaemia. The younger daughter is raised by Inga’s parents while the elder daughter stays with Wilhelm.
As a way of fleeing the constraints of the local church community and his severe mother, Wilhelm decides to build a secluded house far away from the nearest neighbour, riding school, swimming pool or tennis court. The house is ready just as the new school year starts and the time has come after seven years – just like in a fairy tale – to bring his younger daughter back home. But what happens next is not what Wilhelm expects. His company is in crisis, and the locals gossip about the scandalous Rautenberg family history. Wilhelm’s daughter, the narrator, is forced to find a way to overcome her loneliness and find a path towards a fulfilling life.