Born in 1991, Giulia Becker is part of TV comic Jan Böhmermann’s writing team. For years she has every now and again broken off her university course (media science and literature), to live and work in Cologne. She has 50,000 followers on Twitter. Her song, “Verdammte Scheide” has been viewed nearly a million times.
IT’S A HARD KNOCK LIFE
27 years ago, Silke Möhlenstedt pulled the emergency cord. Not figuratively, literally. On a train. The results: she lost her marriage, some money, her job. Two front teeth got smashed, too. The teeth weren’t hers, however, they belonged to train conductor Rudi Paschkens. She managed to have some of the damages awarded against her commuted to community service that Silke is still serving to this day at a shelter for the homeless. Since then, her life consists mainly of the lives of others.
There’s her liberal friend Renate, a third-generation marriage swindler; her secret admirer and pigeon breeder Willy-Martin; her aged neighbour Frau Goebel, whose last wish is to travel to an East German holiday resort called “Tropical Islands”; and then there’s Zippo, a homeless man who has no health insurance and is fighting prostate cancer. Although Silke helps out everywhere, the scope of her own life stays narrow. But Renate keeps encouraging her to start afresh, to take a new chance. When her bitter ex-husband tries to elbow his way into her life, she finally loses her rag.
Giulia Becker’s warm and humorous novel describes the lives of outsiders who, like Silke, strive to find a little happiness.