Unlike Harry, Ruth Schönwald doesn't think that every feeling has to be articulated, every problem has to be addressed. She could have had a career, but decided against it because of the children and in favor of Harry. What they saw in each other that night at a ball is not always clear to either of them in the decades to come.
Meanwhile, their three children Chris, Karolin and Benni are grown. When Karolin opens a queer bookstore, everyone comes together in Berlin, even Chris, who is a professor in New York and is therefore what Ruth always dreamed of. There the old conflict finally breaks out.
Philipp Oehmke, born in 1974, studied German in Hamburg. From 2002 to 2006 he was an editor at the magazine of the Süddeutsche Zeitung, where he also published the 50-volume book series SZ-Diskothek. In 2006 he moved to the culture department of the news magazine Der Spiegel as an editor. From 2015 to 2020, Oehmke will head the New York office of the news magazine, for which he now works as an author from Berlin.
Oehmke is the author of the biography In the beginning was the noise about Die Toten Hosen.
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