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Three generations of women’s history, connected by a dark secret from the past

Young Juni returns to her late grandparents’ house on the island she grew up on. There she comes across an old photo of her grandmother with a foreign soldier and a letter she wrote in 1946 from Germany. Who is the unknown man on the photo? What brought her grandma to travel to Germany just after the war? Maybe there she will find answers to questions never loudly asked before. And so, Juni decides to puzzle out this mysterious story of her grandmother.

The search for the truth leads Juni to Berlin and to Demmin, a small city located in what became the Russian zone after Germany surrendered. Eventually Juni comes to understand that her grandmother’s secret is about something more than her having had a German lover and that Juni’s discovery has consequences for her own life.

Grandmother Danced in the Rain is about a woman’s concealment of her past and its consequences for her daughter and granddaughter. But most of all, this is a story about the healing power of love.

The novel is inspired by historical events.

Hardcover, 320 Seiten,
Aschehoug 2015

“A gripping and informative read about the atrocities during World War II and the love stories of three generations in the shadow of war. (…) This is a must-read book, written by someone who can create a strong narrative – and who has an interesting story to tell.”

– Adresseavisen