Die Leuchtturmwärterin: Roman

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Nur das Meer kennt die Wahrheit ...

Wisconsin 1898. Gertrude ist eine Tochter aus »gutem Hause«, deren Weg in vorgegebenen Bahnen verläuft. Doch dann verliebt sich Trudy in ihren Cousin Oskar, den Schöngeist mit dem strahlenden Blick, der nichts auf Konventionen zu geben scheint und so ganz anders ist als ihr Verlobter. Hals über Kopf heiraten die beiden, um im Norden Kaliforniens ein neues Leben zu beginnen: auf einer abgelegenen Insel vor der Küste gehen sie dem Leuchtturmwärter und seiner Familie zur Hand. Die Umgebung ist unwirtlich, das Meer wild und das Klima rau. Trotz der harten Lebensbedingungen fühlt sich Trudy mehr und mehr zu Hause. Während ihr Ehemann ihr zusehends wie ein Fremder erscheint, erkundet sie gemeinsam mit den Kindern des Leuchtturmwärterpaares Flora und Fauna des kleinen Eilands – doch die Insel birgt ein Geheimnis, das Trudy vor die schwerste Prüfung ihres Lebens stellen wird.

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Die Autorin Christina Schwarz wuchs im ländlichen Wisconsin auf und lebt heute in Südkalifornien. Ihr erster Roman »Novemberkind« sorgte beim Erscheinen für Furore und stand wochenlang auf der Bestsellerliste der New York Times.

Almuth Carstens, 1948 in Kiel geboren, hat u. a. Soziologie studiert und lebte längere Zeit in Amerika. Sie ist Übersetzerin von u. a. Kathy Acker, Jane Rogers, Alice Sebold und Jeff Talarigo. Sie lebt heute in Berlin.

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Publisher
btb Verlag
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Published on
Jan 11, 2016
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Pages
320
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ISBN
9783641169602
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Language
German
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Genres
Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / General
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Christina Schwarz
From the author of Drowning Ruth, a haunting, atmospheric novel set at the closing of the frontier about a young wife who moves to a far-flung and forbidding lighthouse where she uncovers a life-changing secret.

In 1898, a woman forsakes the comfort of home and family for a love that takes her to a remote lighthouse on the wild coast of California. What she finds at the edge of the earth, hidden between the sea and the fog, will change her life irrevocably.

Trudy, who can argue Kant over dinner and play a respectable portion of Mozart’s Serenade in G major, has been raised to marry her childhood friend and assume a life of bourgeois comfort in Milwaukee. She knows she should be pleased, but she’s restless instead, yearning for something she lacks even the vocabulary to articulate. When she falls in love with enigmatic and ambitious Oskar, she believes she’s found her escape from the banality of her preordained life.

But escape turns out to be more fraught than Trudy had imagined. Alienated from family and friends, the couple moves across the country to take a job at a lighthouse at Point Lucia, California—an unnervingly isolated outcropping, trapped between the ocean and hundreds of miles of inaccessible wilderness. There they meet the light station’s only inhabitants—the formidable and guarded Crawleys. In this unfamiliar place, Trudy will find that nothing is as she might have predicted, especially after she discovers what hides among the rocks.

Gorgeously detailed, swiftly paced, and anchored in the dramatic geography of the remote and eternally mesmerizing Big Sur, The Edge of the Earth is a magical story of secrets and self-transformation, ruses and rebirths. Christina Schwarz, celebrated for her rich evocation of place and vivid, unpredictable characters, has spun another haunting and unforgettable tale.
Christina Schwarz
Deftly written and emotionally powerful, Drowning Ruth is a stunning portrait of the ties that bind sisters together and the forces that tear them apart, of the dangers of keeping secrets and the explosive repercussions when they are exposed. A mesmerizing and achingly beautiful debut.
Winter, 1919. Amanda Starkey spends her days nursing soldiers wounded in the Great War. Finding herself suddenly overwhelmed, she flees Milwaukee and retreats to her family's farm on Nagawaukee Lake, seeking comfort with her younger sister, Mathilda, and three-year-old niece, Ruth. But very soon, Amanda comes to see that her old home is no refuge--she has carried her troubles with her. On one terrible night almost a year later, Amanda loses nearly everything that is dearest to her when her sister mysteriously disappears and is later found drowned beneath the ice that covers the lake. When Mathilda's husband comes home from the war, wounded and troubled himself, he finds that Amanda has taken charge of Ruth and the farm, assuming her responsibility with a frightening intensity. Wry and guarded, Amanda tells the story of her family in careful doses, as anxious to hide from herself as from us the secrets of her own past and of that night.
Ruth, haunted by her own memory of that fateful night, grows up under the watchful eye of her prickly and possessive aunt and gradually becomes aware of the odd events of her childhood. As she tells her own story with increasing clarity, she reveals the mounting toll that her aunt's secrets exact from her family and everyone around her, until the heartrending truth is uncovered.
Guiding us through the lives of the Starkey women, Christina Schwarz's first novel shows her compassion and a unique understanding of the American landscape and the people who live on it.


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