Monika Helfer liest beim O-Töne Literaturfestival
Before I Sleep
Josefine Bartok, generally known as Josi, is a psychiatrist with an extremely level-headed view of the human soul. She’s very good at helping other people sort out their lives; but now it’s her own life that is the problem. She’s just come through cancer surgery when her husband Tomas, who runs a gym, suddenly declares that he is gay – after twenty years of marriage. In Josi’s opinion, you need to take adversity seriously, as seriously as Don Quixote took his windmills. In fact, Josi has a lot in common with this hero. She reinvents herself, decides to wear only men’s clothes and turns herself into a delicate gent. Her children persuade her that she needs a holiday to take her mind off all the recent unhappiness, so she travels to Greece. There she falls for Max, a married pharmacist, who in turn is completely bowled over by her. There is only one thing more important to Josi: her new friendship with Paula, a twelve-year-old girl.