Second Sunday Book Club - Berlin Syndrome
The Second Sunday Book Club -- as featured in the February edition of The Villager
Berlin Syndrome by Melanie Joosten
Author Melanie Joosten has tentatively agreed to join us, via Skype, all the way from Australia! She just had a baby, so she is understandably playing it by ear to see if the new arrival will allow such freedom! When we find out, we'll let you know!
About the Book:
One afternoon, near the tourist trap of Checkpoint Charlie, Clare meets Andi. He's a native Berliner and English teacher; she's an architectural photographer who has taken leave from her job in Australia to travel through Eastern Europe. There is an instant attraction, and when Andi invites her to stay, Clare thinks she may finally have found somewhere to call home.
But as the days pass and the walls of Andi's apartment close in, Clare begins to wonder if it's really love that Andi is after … or something more sinister.
This closely observed and gripping psychological thriller shifts between Andi's and Clare's perspectives, revealing the power of obsession, the fluidity of truth, and the kaleidoscopic nature of human relationships. Berlin Syndrome is a startling debut from a talented new writer.
About the author:
Melanie Joosten is a writer and social worker who lives in Melbourne. She is author of the novels Berlin Syndrome and Gravity Well, and the nonfiction essay collection A Long Time Coming: Essays on Old Age.
Melanie holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours), a Master of Arts (Editing) and a Master of Social Work. She works in social policy in the areas of seniors’ rights and elder abuse.
Melanie’s first novel, Berlin Syndrome (2011) saw her named as a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist and awarded the Kathleen Mitchell Award for Young Writers. Berlin Syndrome was released as a film in 2017 starring Teresa Palmer and Max Riemelt, with a screenplay by Shaun Grant and directed by Cate Shortland.
A Long Time Coming: Essays on Old Age was awarded the People’s Choice prize at the Nib Waverley Awards in 2016.
2:00 on Sunday, February 11th
Open Outcry Brewing Company
10934 S. Western Ave.