An explosive first novel - Madame Bovary in modern Germany - about
a wife and mother whose failed love affairs have driven her to the
edge of sanity and to a startling attempt at vindication. After
being jilted by a rich boyfriend, Margaret, eighteen and
heartbroken, throws herself into a comfortable but stifling
marriage to Ernst, a war veteran with a penchant for routine and
order, who still lives with his mother in a small German village.
It's not a bad life, considering Margaret's psychological scars,
but neither Ernst's adoration nor the birth of a daughter can
reawaken her frozen emotions. Until she slides into an affair with
a married man with whom she plans to run away. Her plan is a
fantasy that cannot possibly come true. Its repercussions
nevertheless will explode with unimaginable force in these
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