Author: Dörte Hansen

Dörte Hansen, geboren 1964 in Husum, lernte in der Grundschule, dass es außer Plattdeutsch noch andere Sprachen auf der Welt gibt. Die Begeisterung darüber führte zum Studium etlicher Sprachen wie Gälisch, Finnisch oder Baskisch und hielt noch an bis zur Promotion in Linguistik. Danach wechselte sie zum Journalismus, war einige Jahre Redakteurin beim NDR und arbeitet heute als Autorin für Hörfunk und Print. Sie lebt in der Nähe von Hamburg. „Altes Land“ ist ihr erster Roman.

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This House Is Mine

This House Is Mine
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: 9781250100856
  • Release: 2016-11-15
  • Author: Dörte Hansen
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Women's Fiction
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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All her life Vera has felt like a stranger in the old and drafty farmhouse she arrived in as a five-year-old refugee from East Prussia in 1945, and yet she can’t seem to let it go. 60 years later, her niece Anne suddenly shows up at her door with her small son– Anne has fled the trendy Hamburg neighborhood she never fit into when her relationship implodes. Vera and Anne are strangers to each other, but have much more in common than they think. As the two strong-willed and very different women share the great old house, they surprisingly find what they have never searched for: a family.

Told in skillfully-crafted alternating points of view and a non-linear storyline, Hansen showcases her impressive talent for characterization and dialog in an unusual book that combines emotional depth and humor. She immerses the reader in a series of brightly lit or obscure scenes that call for close reading and offer many rewards. The author's sparse language and sometimes oblique references make for a deeply immersive reading experience, and the characters will resonate long after the last page has been turned.

Readers of Anthony Doerr and M.L. Stedman will find much to love here.