Mon Chéri and Our Battered Souls
- A heartwarming novel about an unusual self-discovery: quirky, clever, linguistically brilliant and wildly funny
- Shortlisted for Austrian Book Prize 2022
- Winner of the Bodensee Literary Award
- English sample translation by Jamie Searle available
Charly Benz has been stumbling through her life for 43 years without a plan and with plenty of baggage. She works in marketing for a Berlin vegan food company, subsists on burned croissants, and discusses her relationship problems – which consist of not having a relationship – with her only friend, Mr. Schabowski, a 60-year-old man who sorts through her mail and anxieties.
But then Mr. Schabowski receives a fatal diagnosis and, after a systemic family constellation ends in an embarrassing debacle, all of a sudden no less than three men are mucking up Charly’s life. She and Schabowski decide to tackle their problems proactively: they flee – specifically, to Bad Gastein, a once fashionable spa town where in a vacant turn-of-the-century hotel that once belonged to Charly's father, they discover that, while you can’t choose who you’re related to, you can choose your family.