Detroit, Mi

Detroit, Mi : Love Letters from an Alien

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Just imagine: You pack your bags, take your two children with you, and follow your spouse to the other end of the world. You decide to do all of this in a few weeks. - Would you be so brave? - Of course, you're going to a civilized foreign country and everything is financially secure. It would also only be for a limited amount of time. - Sound tempting to you? - Oh, ahem, did I already mention that you're going to Detroit, the city that's been ranked number one in crimes for years? And has now officially declared bankruptcy? - Never ever? - Well: Edeltraud Hagenkotter also wouldn't go. But Kerstin Neumann will. And Kerstin Neumann leaves with a promise to her neighbor Mrs. Hagenkotter. She will write her every month: twelve handwritten letters. She describes her encounter with the supposedly familiar American culture and way of life and surviving in the catastrophe of De-troit that goes beyond all expectations as funny, bizarre, but also wistful and despairing. She also writes about what it means to be a foreigner in a foreign place, to be an expat, to be a legal alien. Neither of them suspects that this agreement will change both of their lives for-ever and that they will never see each other again. And that the collapse of the former me-tropolis of the auto industry will hit Kerstin so hard, that she will suffer a nervous breakdown at the Detroit airport's arrival terminal and would have loved nothing better than to board a plane immediately back home, to Germany. Kerstin Neumann will stay. But to live in a city like Detroit means to challenge yourself and to face your fears and your German past during the years of German reunification. And what's all about this secret love letter that consistently intrigues Kerstin whenever she meets the jazz musician Sunny? "Detroit, Michigan - Love Letters from an Alien" tells of going far, maybe too far, to be with the one you love. Above all, they are a declaration of love to the city of Detroit, where the author lived with her family until 2012. The novel consists of twelve monthly letters from September to August, which up until now were only individually available in e-book format or in two separate volumes in German or English. The proceeds from the English translation will support homeless children in Detroit. Even before its completion, the serialized novel was selected as one of the best twenty German independent books at the Leipzig Book Fair in 2013. You can find "Detroit, Michigan - Love Letters from an Alien" on Facebook or at
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  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 127 x 203 x 24mm | 454g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1508552371
  • 9781508552376