The Open-Air Bar.
Monika Helfer’s short stories transport the reader to a world full of magic and poetry.Here’s Carolin for example, a stylish redhead who is fed up with sleeping alone in her big double bed. She searches for a partner on the internet and finds an unemployed paediatrician who sends her poems. But are they his own work?
Monika Helfer tells stories with happy endings, sad endings and endings that are unresolved. Helfer’s characters – the man who sells home-made felt flowers and sometimes just gives them away, or ten-year-old Nojud, who has broken free from her arranged marriage and now wants nothing more than a white cat of her own – often seem forlorn, lost in the world. But despite this, or perhaps because of it, there’s something special about them that moves us to the core.