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The Taste of Apple Seeds by Katharina Hagena
  

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A German bestseller set in rural Germany but the sense of place could be any western rural European country. Set in the present it concerns a house and the memories it evokes in our protagonist who has just inherited it upon the death of her grandmother. She reflects back over the three generations who have lived there and gets a better understanding of the family secrets. It’s a gentle, atmospheric, slow tale.

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The Taste of Apple Seeds by Katharina Hagena

For Iris, childhood memories are of long, hot summers spent playing with her cousin in their grandmother's enchanted garden. But Iris is now a young woman and her grandmother, after a long battle with dementia, is now dead. When she returns to the small village for her grandmother's funeral, Iris learns that she has not only inherited the old house and garden, she has also inherited her family's darkest secrets...

Reviews

This melancholy novel about lifting the layers of history is packed with gorgeous imagery and undertones of buried secrets... Sultry, tragic and intensely atmospheric * The Times * Beautifully phrased, artful and sometimes ingenious... The Taste of Apple Seeds is atmospheric and sensual * Independent * It's easy to see why this riveting gothic saga spent two years on the German bestseller list * Saga Magazine * First love, family secrets and the pain of loss are at the heart of this enchanting read * Good Housekeeping * A tale of perfect unity about three generations of very different women whose lives are intimately connected * Le Monde *


About the Author

Katharina Hagena, born 1967, studied English and German Literature in Marburg, London and Freiburg, before lecturing at Trinity College Dublin and the University of Hamburg. Her first book What are the wild waves saying? Waterways Through Joyce's Ulysses, was published in 2006. The Taste of Apple Seeds is her first novel. She currently lives in Hamburg.

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Book Info

Publication date

2nd January 2014

Author

Katharina Hagena

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Author's Website

www.katharinahagena.de/

Publisher

Atlantic Books

Format

Paperback
256 pages

Categories

Family Drama
Relationship Stories
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780857891006

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