SO, JETZT SIND WIR ALLE MAL GLÜCKLICH/
LET’S ALL BE HAPPY NOW
A novel, 300 pp.
“Now I know again why I take all that trouble to love him.”
Three couples in the no-man’s-land between life as a single and marriage. The friends are celebrating an eve-of-the-wedding party, exhausted, drunk and tired. Two of them are to be married the next day. But there is much time until then and none of them intends to go to sleep. Georg and Franziska are the bride and groom even though Franziska has other fantasies. When Georg insults her, she gets her revenge by uncovering bitter secrets. Clara has come to an arrangement with Frank, but nevertheless still indulges in old memories. Max has come with Charlotte. He thinks she is pretty. On the other hand he finds Clara beautiful. And he finds Franziska erotic.
A tense net of attraction and revulsion, allure and arrogance is created in the narrowest of space. A disoriented wedding party moves across the floors of the hotel looking for happiness. Frank mows down Georg with a bowling ball. Max threatens to throw himself from the roof. Clara is rescued in the pool just before she drowns.
Susanne Heinrich succeeds in producing a very apt and confining genre picture of our times that is just as permissive as it is moral. “Everything is sex, and love and sadness are just excuses that nobody wants to hear.” It will be a long night.
Susanne Heinrich was born in Leipzig in 1985. Her volume of stories “In den Farben der Nacht” was published by DuMont in 2005. The novel “Die Andere” followed in 2007. Susanne Heinrich lives in Berlin.
Susanne Heinrich wurde 1985 in Leipzig geboren. Bei DuMont erschienen 2005 ihr Erzählband ›In den Farben der Nacht‹, außerdem die Romane ›Die Andere‹ (2007) und ›So, jetzt sind wir alle mal glücklich‹ (2009). Susanne Heinrich lebt in Berlin und ist Sängerin der Band ›watching me fall‹.