A woman searches for her mother, and a mother looks for her daughter. In her new novel, Hanna Johansen tells the moving tale of two women whose present is fraught with recollections of the past.
Claire is searching for the daughter she had given up for adoption many years ago. Her journey, however, has been unsuccessful, and now her train is slowly leaving the station. Suddenly a woman appears in the doorway and looks into the compartment. Her coat is too big, she seems young and old at the same time. She holds a suitcase and an umbrella. "What's your name?", she asks, and in that instant, a chance meeting opens up a story that leads, ever more deeply, into the past.
Hanna Johansen tells the tale of two women who have received terrible wounds. Neither can forget what has happened in her family. Rose has never known her mother. Is it possi-ble that she is Claire's daughter? Claire, too, seems to hide a secret. Der schwarze Schirm is a touching and sometimes enigmatic novel about two women trying to find a way out of their loneliness.
The Black Umbrella
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