The German House

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5.3 X 8.0 X 1.0 inches | 0.55 pounds

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About the Author

Annette Hess grew up in Hanover and currently lives in Lower Saxony. She initially studied painting and interior design, and later scenic writing. She worked as a freelance journalist and assistant director, before launching a successful career as a screenwriter. Her critically-acclaimed and popular television series Weissensee, Ku'damm 56 and Ku'damm 59 are credited with revitalizing German TV. She has received numerous awards from the Grimme Prize to the Frankfurt Prize to the German Television Prize. The German House is her first novel.
ELISABETH LAUFFER is the translator of more than twenty books from German. She is the recipient of numerous honors including the Gutekunst Prize and KulturKontakt Artist-in-Residency, as well as holding a master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


"A strong debut... the highlight is Eva, a complex and thoughtful woman who finds herself in the midst of a significant moment in history." -- Publishers Weekly

"From the first page THE GERMAN HOUSE creates a movie in the reader's mind and it doesn't tear off until the last chapter." -- Der Spiegel / Literaturspiegel, Claudia Voigt

"No one knows how to turn contemporary history into perfect entertainment like screenwriter Annette Hess." -- Extra, Brigitte Bücher

“With the story of the young translator Eva, Annette Hess, like in her screenplays, makes contemporary history tangible, fills it with life. . . . The name Annette Hess warrants exceptional quality.” -- Stern, Kester Schlenz

"It's a rare thing to read a historical novel that feels so tangible and real. Here we are, almost 50 years later and far, far away from Frankfurt and yet the novel seamlessly transports us to a different time and place. Every scene is described like a painting so much so that we become part of the scene." -- Yedioth, Isreal

"Questions of complicity and culpability are resolved by prosecutors and daughters alike in Hess' reveal of large truths which are obscured by larger lies." -- Kirkus Reviews