Brüder (C) Colourbox

Fri, 22.01.2021


Book Club

"Brüder" by Jackie Thomae

For the fifth meeting of our international online book club, we've invited the author Jackie Thomae to read and discuss her novel Brüder ("Brothers") with us.

THE BOOK: "Brüder" ("Brothers")

Two men. Two possibilities. Two lives. Jackie Thomae poses the question: how do we turn into the people we are? 

Mick, a charming has-been, lives life in the passenger seat, free of obligations. And he is lucky - until the woman he cheated on for years leaves him. Gabriel, who never knew his parents, is free to make of himself what he will: a successful architect, a die-hard Londoner, a family man. But then he loses his nerve in a trivial situation and suddenly finds himself the aggressor - a prominent man who experiences a fall from grace.

Brüder tells the story of two German men, born in the same year, children of the same father, who has left them only his dark skin. The questions they face are the same. Their lives could not be more different.


Jackie Thomae (C) Urban Zintel Jackie Thomae, born in Halle in 1972, grew up in Leipzig and Berlin, and now works as a journalist and television writer. In 2015, her debut novel Momente der Klarheit (Moments of Clarity) was published. With her second novel, Brüder, she was shortlisted for the 2019 German Book Prize and awarded the 2020 Düsseldorf Literature Prize. She lives in Berlin.

Who can participate?

Everyone who wants to read, discover, meet German authors online and share their reading experience with others is welcome. The conversation will be in German. All participants should have sufficient language skills to read and discuss in German.

Participation is free of charge. 


Technical requirements

We will use Zoom for our meeting. We recommend the use of a headset, as speakers can create disturbing echo effects. Participation is possible from PC and Mac. To participate, simply follow the link we will send you when you register.