Valerie Jakob is the pseudonym of one of the most successful translators of novels from English and French. She has family in France and a private connection to Senegal. In her novels she combines aspects of German history with unusual women's fates in a humorous but also touching way.
A summer house on the Baltic Sea: the key to a tragic family secret
Struggling with a life crisis, Juliane takes refuge with her second cousin, Johann, at the Baltic Sea coast near Greifswald. The old man lives there almost self-sufficiently in a summer house from the 1920s, only occasionally sharing the company of a dedicated entomologist. The house was built by Johann's mother Marianne, a fascinating woman and one of the first German pilots to reach Africa in her plane “Mauersegler”, or “The Swift”.
Juliane delves deeper and deeper into the eventful life of this dazzling personality and decides on a radical change of scenery: Following Marianne's footsteps, she travels to Senegal and makes an outrageous discovery - and she learns how high the price of freedom and love can be.