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Summary

Newly retired Philip returns home to Cologne and is thrown into emotional turmoil upon bumping into his long-lost sweetheart. In the midst of a domestic crisis, Ricarda confides in Philip that she is looking for somewhere to live. And there and then, Philip suggests that she move in with him - he is setting up a flatshare. Will she join him with his mischievous dachshund named Ralf?

To his surprise, Ricarda agrees, leaving Philip to scramble together a crew of retirees in time for spring, for the most unlikely of social experiments. There's grumpy, cigarette-smoking grandfather Harry; quiet and discreet Eckart, curiously carting around his late wife's headstone; Uschi, brimming with life, harbouring a passion for leotards and aerobics along with sausages and outrageous knitting patterns; and then ever-practical and warmhearted Ricarda, towards whom Phillip is developing real feelings.

Despite their differences, the flatmates thrive and embark on a series of new adventures. But when Uschi falls unwell, familiar cracks begin to show, and this uniquely spirited club of friends must work together in order to survive - and truly blossom.

©2015 Beatrice Meier (P)2016 Isis Publishing Ltd

Critic reviews

"A very witty and pacy novel...an amusing and pleasurable read." (Viva!)
"Full of humour, with some extremely funny and entertaining moments, but also moving and, despite its carefree tone, provides much food for thought." (rautlos.de)

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