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Happiness is a novel about women under pressure, about the phase in life when they are too old to wait any longer and too young to have it all behind them. But what if this phase could be artificially extended? If women, like men always have, simply had more time?


Marie-Claire, MC for short, known as the cheerful voice on the radio, is told this by her gynecologist when she is almost forty: You had a quarter of a century. And now it is too late, or almost. The most important deadline in life: missed. The only purpose of existence: missed. Or not yet? Because when MC wakes up the next morning, to her own surprise, she is really happy for the first time.

Anahita is a walking success story: a senator at not even forty, a media professional, in a few years she could be sitting in Brussels. But something is missing, even if no one dares to say so. A politician must be competent, and isn't motherhood still a woman's most important skill?

Jackie Thomae, born in Halle in 1972, is a journalist and television author. Her debut novel, Moments of Clarity, was published in 2015. Her second novel, Brothers, was shortlisted for the German Book Prize 2019 and was awarded the Düsseldorf Literature Prize 2020.


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Jackie Thomae
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September 2024
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