ca. 300 pp.
A novel bulging with life about a year full of surprises
Maja Pauli is an actress at the Braunschweig Theatre. Not Berlin. Not Munich. Braunschweig. And Maja is single. Not desperate. Not unhappy. But reluctantly. All in all her life is averagely unexciting. But then her 35th birthday was in sight. Maja hated the big 35 with a vehemence that she didn’t quite understand herself, but therefore all the more ferociously.
After her birthday came and went without any major disasters thanks to the help of her best girlfriends, she considered what would be the best way be to survive the confounded 35th year as painlessly as possible. And then she gets an idea: “Maja’s Missions.” She decides to pose challenges to herself with the intention of growing through them so that in the end this unfortunate year won’t be a lost one. The plan starts off well enough. After successfully working her way through the first three, she unexpectedly finds a fourth one in her mailbox – and it is a monstrous one. Does Edu, her neurotic sex-obsessed colleague from the theatre in whom she is secretly in love, have something to do with it? Or is her ex-lover Karl trying to weasel his way back into her life? She will only discover in the end who else has gotten involved in her challenges. And also that she will only find her true love when she finds herself first. Namely shortly before her 36th birthday.
Miriam Pielhau’s first novel is about Generation 30+, the difficulties it has to define itself, to classify itself, and to grow up. 40 has long been the new 30, the time until then, however, feels like a long period of puberty, but without the pimples.
This book is about growing older in dignity, a life without a partner and without children, about missed opportunities and naturally the ongoing search for true love. And all of it is told here in a fleet-footed manner, with sparkling wit and with so much warmth and vitality that the reader has no other choice than to suffer along with Maja – and then to celebrate with her in the end. Because life is beautiful. Even at 35.
Miriam Pielhau has herself completed all the missions described in her book.
Miriam Pielhau, 38, was born in Heidelberg and moved to Bad Berleburg at the age of 13. After studying English and German literature she worked for various daily newspapers as well as for radio and television stations, including Radio Einslive and Einslive TV. She took dance, singing and acting lessons. She was presented the Grimme Online Award for her work as editor-in-chief of the NBC GIGA broadcast. From 2002 to 2005 she moderated taff on Pro7 and Big Brother on RTL 2 from 2008 to 2009.
She was diagnosed with breast cancer in early 2008, and she dealt with her illness in her bestselling book “Fremdkörper.” She became the mother of a daughter in May 2012.
Miriam Pielhau, geboren 1975 in Heidelberg, arbeitete als Reporterin, Redakteurin und Moderatorin für Tageszeitungen sowie Radio- und Fernsehsender, unter anderem Radio 1Live und 1Live TV beim WDR. Als Moderatorin und Chefredakteurin der Sendung ›NBC GIGA‹ wurde sie mit dem Grimme Online Award ausgezeichnet. Es folgten Engagements für Pro7 (›taff‹, ›Die Oscar-Nacht‹), rbb (›Ein Wochenende mit ...‹), MDR (›Die Goldene Henne‹) u. v. m. Im Frühjahr 2008 erkrankte Miriam Pielhau lebensbedrohlich. Ihre Erfahrungen und Heilungsansätze schrieb sie in dem Bestseller ›Fremdkörper‹ nieder. Miriam Pielhau starb am 12. Juli 2016 an dem Folgen ihrer Krebserkrankung.