For readers who were gripped by the world of espionage in William Boyd's Restless, this is a compelling, unforgettable novel that brings to life the very human story behind a momentous turning point in history
In Germany 1993, the Berlin Wall is down, the country is reunified, and 30-year-old school teacher Michael Ritter feels his life is falling apart. His wife has thrown him out, his new West German headmaster has fired him for being a former card-carrying Socialist Party member, and he is still clinging on to the wreckage of the state that shaped him. Disenfranchised and disenchanted, Michael heads home to care for his terminally ill mother. On her deathbed, she urges him to seek out an evangelical priest, Pastor Bruck, and discover the truth about his father. Initially, Michael dismisses her fevered ramblings, but as the days pass he cannot let it go. He eventually finds the priest and is taken on a journey into a past of dark discoveries which shatter everything he's previously believed in.