The Fire

The Fire

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 08/06/2023
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Synopsis

In her perceptive and affecting new novel, Daniela Krien explores a marriage where everything hangs in the balance.

"Quietly devastating" HANNAH BECKERMANN, Observer

"A stylish, subtle read" Woman & Home BOOK OF THE MONTH

"Perfectly paced, nuanced" Saga Magazine PICK OF THE MONTH

"Powerful . . . subtle and psychologically astute" Times Literary Supplement

"Beautifully written" Independent

How can two lovers find a way back to each other, when the pain of the past stands between them?

With plans adrift after a fire burns down their rented holiday cabin, Rahel and Peter find themselves unexpectedly on an isolated farm where Rahel spent many a happy childhood summer. Suddenly, after years of navigating careers, demanding children and the monotony of the daily routine, they find themselves unable to escape each other's company. With three weeks stretching ahead, they must come to an understanding on whether they have a future together.

What happens when love grows older and passion has faded? When what divides us is greater than what brought us together? And how easy is it to ask the fundamental questions about our relationships?

Praise for LOVE IN FIVE ACTS:

"Highly recommended" The Times

"Exquisite . . . Utterly captivating" Woman and Home

"Unfailingly impressive" Irish Times

"Beautifully direct and lucid prose" Sydney Morning Herald

"A beautiful novel" New European

"Sympathetic and clear-eyed" Financial Times

"An intelligent study of female ambition and frailty" Observer

Translated from the German by Jamie Bulloch

  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781529421385
  • Number of pages: 192
  • Weight: 311g
  • Dimensions: 220 x 142 x 22 mm

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The Fire
A quietly understated gem
Daniel Krien’s understated novella explores a long marriage at a point of crisis over three summer weeks spent housesitting in the countryside. Rahel and P... READ MORE
Susan Osborne
The Fire
Simply beautiful
4.5 A beautiful, simple, well told story. The cover attracted me to this book plus I'm a sucker for an author I've not read before and I love a translati... READ MORE
Kateoshea