Head of Valley
It's Grete's birthday and the entire family comes to spend the weekend in the old, renovated farmhouse near a small lake, at the end of the valley. Grete has achieved a lot: she has two grown-up children, grandchildren, a husband in senior management and a late career as a psychological consultant. And she has everything prepared, from the distribution of rooms to the menu and the banquet under a starry sky on the meadow in front of the house. Soon, however, the first guests try to escape the celebrations – but they are too late. An outbreak of cattle plague has prompted the closing of all roads leading in and out of the valley.
In her second novel, Austrian writer Olga Flor presents a perfectly arranged pseudo-idyll. In precise language and with an unfailing sense for psychological detail, she compresses this picturesque scenario into a tragicomedy about power, sex and the fragility of family relationships.
"Olga Flor's skill and fame will grow." (Thomas Poiss, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)