In Nora’s hometown, the thing to do is to greet your neighbours, mow your lawn and – when you reach the end of your life – to die.
That Maja, of all people, Nora’s best childhood friend, should observe these traditional rules by simply dying seems barely credible to Nora.
She’s got no time for a funeral anyway: she keeps waking up at night having a panic attack, she’s got a tortoise to look after and her once progressive relationship as part of a foursome is threatening to fall apart.
Then her therapist goes on holiday. Until he gets back, Nora is supposed to write down what she does every day in a diary.
So she records how she, Karl, Leonie, Jonas and a mute child go to the seaside to salvage the intimacy between them.
But instead of a hopeful future, it’s Nora’s past that keeps intruding. Something’s got to happen, they think, to bring them back together. A big party, or something. Or a murder.
"We’re Coming" is a radical book – frantically hilarious in its despair and poetic in its ferocity.
This meeting of the German Book Club is moderated by Vera Wheeler.
Ronja von Rönne
Novel. 208 pp. Aufbau Verlag.
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