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A fresh, wry, piercingly contemporary debut about a young woman who moves to Berlin to escape her demons – and what she finds there. For fans of My Year of Rest and Relaxation and Exciting Times.
In the grip of existential malaise, 25-year-old Daphne moves to Berlin for a fresh start. Far from resolving her quarter-life crisis, things take a turn for the worse.
Because Daphne doesn’t just have to navigate all the archetypal experiences of an outsider in the big city – acquiring friends and lovers, grappling with the language and a whole new way of life.
A series of mysterious and troubling events are in motion – starting with a brick hurled through her bedroom window in the dead of night – and a further unravelling ensues. What is at the heart of these strange events and our troubled heroine? Who is Daphne, really, and what is she running from?
© Bea Setton 2022 (P) Penguin Audio 2022
Scintillating . . . Berlin is wonderfully funny, and Daphne’s observations about modern life, men and the challenges facing young women always hit the nailFINANCIAL TIMES
Uncommonly funny, cinematically vivid, and refreshingly honest about how we deceive others and ourselves.Lisa Halliday, author of ASYMMETRY
Anyone who’s started over in a new city — let alone a new country — will relate . . . One for Sally Rooney fansSunday Telegraph
[An] engagingly self-conscious debut . . . our attention is firmly held by the wry wit of Daphne’s voice, as well as regular hints that she’s something of an unreliable narrator . . . the book’s success lies chiefly in its line by-line charmDAILY MAIL
Setton builds her growing paranoia and sense of dread to terrific effect in this unsettling, compelling read.OBSERVER
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