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Love Is Fierce

Fiction, Literary Fiction

On violence, tenderness and the power of liberation

“Dad was so good at identifying our innermost weaknesses. It meant that all we could do was hang, motionless, like flies in his web, and tolerate everything he did to us. He was our dad, aft er all, our hero. It wasn’t in our nature to resist him.”
The Ehres are a picture-perfect family: the parents are lawyers; the children are the best in their class. Yet life in their small-town villa is grey. The father pushes the children to their limits and beats them and his wife. As Juli grows up, she tries to put a stop to the violence – violence which her mother vehemently denies is beeing inflicted. But how can you begin to liberate yourself when you can trust neither your parents nor your own memories? As Juli cuts off her family, this severance grows into somewhat of a crusade. We follow her over three decades as she tries to reclaim her own life with all her might.

  • On violence, gentleness, and the power of liberation: a haunting debut novel
  • Emotionally draining, this novel focuses on domestic violence and its consequences
  • A peek behind the facade of a middle-class, seemingly perfect family
Claudia Schumacher

Claudia Schumacher was born in Tübingen in 1986 but grew up in Stuttgart. She studied German and American literature
and art history in Berlin, where she was one of the co-founders of the magazine Furios. Then, while living in Zürich, she worked as a journalist, columnist, and publisher – amongst others at NZZ am Sonntag. She now lives in Hamburg.

Love Is Fierce

On violence, tenderness and the power of liberation

“Dad was so good at identifying our innermost weaknesses. It meant that all we could do was hang, motionless, like flies in his web, and tolerate everything he did to us. He was our dad, aft er all, our hero. It wasn’t in our nature to resist him.”
The Ehres are a picture-perfect family: the parents are lawyers; the children are the best in their class. Yet life in their small-town villa is grey. The father pushes the children to their limits and beats them and his wife. As Juli grows up, she tries to put a stop to the violence – violence which her mother vehemently denies is beeing inflicted. But how can you begin to liberate yourself when you can trust neither your parents nor your own memories? As Juli cuts off her family, this severance grows into somewhat of a crusade. We follow her over three decades as she tries to reclaim her own life with all her might.

  • On violence, gentleness, and the power of liberation: a haunting debut novel
  • Emotionally draining, this novel focuses on domestic violence and its consequences
  • A peek behind the facade of a middle-class, seemingly perfect family
Bibliographic Data
376 pages, ISBN: 978-3-423-29015-9
First published 2022