What You Can See from Here

Mariana Leky (Author) Tess Lewis (Translator)
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In this international bestseller by the award-winning novelist Mariana Leky, a heartwarming story unfolds about a small town, a grandmother whose dreams foretell a coming death, and the young woman forever changed by these losses and her loving, endearingly oddball community

On a beautiful spring day, a small village in Western Germany wakes up to an omen: Selma has dreamed of an okapi. Someone is about to die.

Luise, Selma's ten-year-old granddaughter, looks on as the predictable characters of her small world begin acting strangely. Protesting that they are not superstitious, each of the villagers grapples with the buried secrets and deferred decisions that have suddenly become urgent in the face of death.

Luise's mother struggles to decide whether to end her marriage. An old family friend, known only as the optician, tries to find the courage to tell Selma he loves her. Only Sad Marlies remains unchanged, still moping around her house and cooking terrible food. But when death finally comes, the circumstances are outside anyone's expectations.

Across three defining moments in her life, Luise grapples with life's big questions alongside her devoted friends, young and old. A story about the absurdity of life and death, a bittersweet portrait of village life and the wider world that beckons beyond, it is also a thoughtful meditation on the way loss and love shape not just a person, but a community. Mariana Leky's What You Can See from Here is a charmer--a moving novel of grief, first love, reluctant love, late love, and finding one's place in the world, even if that place is right where you started.

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publish Date
June 22, 2021
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About the Author

Mariana Leky was born in Cologne and lives in Berlin. She is the author of the novels The Gentlemen's Tailor and First Aid, for which she received the Advancement Prize for Young Artists from the State of North Rhine-Westfalia. Leky began her career as a bookseller and later studied cultural journalism at the University of Hildesheim. Her most recent novel, What You Can See from Here, won the Comburg-Stipenduim and the Via-Communis-Literaturpreis in Germany.

Tess Lewis is a writer and translator from the French and German. Her translations include works by Peter Handke, Walter Benjamin, Klaus Merz, Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Christine Angot, Pascal Bruckner, and Jean-Luc Benoziglio.