Last House Before the Mountain

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Last House Before the Mountain

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'Beautiful and heartbreaking ... I absolutely loved it' Monica Ali, Sunday Times Bestselling author of Love Marriage

'The whole, biographically inspired family drama tells of the greatest feelings we have: Love, anger, envy and grief' Meike Schnitzler, Brigitte

Maria and Josef live with their children in a valley in westernmost Austria. When the First World War breaks out and Josef is drafted into the army, Maria is left to provide for her family alone. Every day is a struggle against starvation, the harsh alpine climate and the hostile nearby villagers who see Maria as little more than a beautiful temptress out for the men left behind. But when a red-haired stranger arrives in the village, Maria feels happiness seep back into her life and she faces a choice whose consequences will affect the lives of her family for generations to come.

Based on the internationally bestselling and award-winning Austrian novelist Monika Helfer's own family history, Last House Before the Mountain is a propulsive, haunting, multi-layered saga about love, family, and the hidden wages of war.

Product details

Published 09 Nov 2023
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 192
ISBN 9781526657145
Imprint Bloomsbury Publishing
Dimensions 198 x 129 mm
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Monika Helfer

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“The trick, I think, is bringing my own self, my own present, into the story”


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“When the author makes a joke or a play on words, that can be a real challenge!”


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