Mon Chéri and Our Battered Souls
- A heartwarming novel about an unusual self-discovery: quirky, clever, linguistically brilliant and wildly funny
- Winner of Austrian Book Prize 2022
- Winner of the Bodensee Literary Award
- 30,000 copies sold
- 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.
If you liked Eleanor Oliphant, you will love Charly Benz!