Stella is married, she has a child and a fulfilling job. She lives with her young family in a house in the suburbs.
Her life is happy and unremarkable, but she is a little lonely-her husband travels a lot for work and so she is often alone in the house with only her daughter for company. One day a stranger appears at her door, a man Stella's never seen before. He says he just wants to talk to her, nothing more. She refuses. The next day he comes again. And then the day after that. He will not leave her in peace. When Stella works out that he lives up the road, and tries to confront him, it makes no difference. This is the beginning of a nightmare that slowly and remorselessly escalates.
Where Love Begins is a delicately wrought, deeply sinister novel about how easily the comfortable lives we construct for ourselves can be shattered.
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 236 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 14 mm
A finely crafted, perfectly sculpted psychological drama. Masterfully composed... * NDR Info *
Judith Hermann's writing is quiet, clear and careful -- quite unlike any other contemporary German writer -- and has a violent power and energy * Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung *
A star of German literature * Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung *
One thing is clear: this is going to be this summer's book sensation in Germany * Augsburger Allgemeine *
A triumph of the novelist's art -- Philip Henscher reviewing "Alice" * Guardian *
Alice has the breadth of an epic novel condensed into five interlinking short stories ... Judith Hermann is a remarkable writer -- Hugo Hamilton