My novel RAUSCHLIEBE has been released on 22.Feb.2020.
I wrote it in German, and I plan to have an English translation soon.
The story is about the revival of Pavlos and Stella’s old teenage-love, that unforeseen and fueled by the guy’s secret alcohol addiction escalates into a co-dependent relationship full of obsession blackmail and domestic violence.
While there are hundreds of novels about alcoholism, drug addiction, and rehabilitation, I could not find any book with a co-dependent narrator and the main issue being the co-dependent love.
My book’s narrator is Stella, Pavlos’wife, waiting for her divorce papers and fighting against her own daemons, abysses, and false beliefs.
People often ask me if my book is an autobiography.
No, it is not.
It is a novel with auto-fictional elements.
When I was co-dependent myself, I was desperately looking for such a novel. However, at the time, I only found very depressive descriptions full of bitterness, malice and self-hate and of course, plenty of fantastic non-fiction books which I could hardly identify with ultimately.
While researching, I discovered that there are numerous books by (formerly or still) addicted authors. They have courageously written their narratives, novels, autobiographies of intoxication, recovery, relapses, up and down. They have published, read, sold their manifold books all over the globe.
I found it extremely perplexing that in contrast, a liberating story of the relatives was yet to be written!
Given the statistics on the topics of addiction and alcoholism, the story I am telling is by no means an absurd exception! On the contrary, some of the typical collateral damages of alcoholism are co-dependency, domestic violence, overcrowded women’s shelters, brutality and femicide.
Unimaginably often, people like you and me experience similar biographies behind closed doors!
These kinds of family secrets have been concealed, covered up and denied their severity and danger for decades, centuries, millennia.
My novel reveals the parallel world built up behind the family disease alcoholism and maintained as a double life.
Apparently, it is more courageous to admit being (formerly) co-dependent than a (dry) alcoholic.
I think it is high time to change that!
Therefore, I am proud and excited to present you my book RAUSCHLIEBE.
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