Verena Lueken




English sample translation available

A woman confronts the ghosts of her family’s history and searches for traces of her dead father’s life

The protagonist of Anderswo leads a restless life; being on the road is her status quo. She works as a travel journalist, usually spending the early weeks of summer in New York and the rest of the year wherever life takes her. A funeral unexpectedly reopens old wounds, awakening memories of her father. But what really hurts isn’t the early damage done, but the lack of things they had in common. She no longer wants to accept this void and sets off in search of her own past, as well as her father’s – back to her years as a dancer and peepshow girl, to her great love story with Claudio, a musician from the States. It’s a long journey that takes her all the way to South Africa, where she hopes to find answers and discovers the unexpected.

With great elegance, Verena Lueken tells the story of a strong woman who decides to fill the voids in her life. Anderswo is a book that is relevant to all of us – as the children of our parents.



ISBN: 978-3-462-05135-3
release: 08. March 2018
240 pages, gebunden mit SU


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About the Author

Verena Lueken was culture correspondent for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in New York for many years. Today she is an editor for the literary supplement of FAZ, with a focus on film. After 9/11, she wrote New York. Reportage aus einer alten Stadt (“New York. Report From an Old City”, 2002). Her book Gebrauchsanweisung für New York (“Guidebook to New York”, 2005/2010) is a bestseller. In 2015, Kiepenheuer & Witsch published her debut novel Alles zählt (“Everything Counts”). She lives and works in Frankfurt am Main.

Further titles by the author:
Alles zählt (Everything Counts)