Patricia Holland Moritz ZWEISIEDLER / OUTCAST BoD, 2012
Edna lives a reclusive life in Pesiotte, a village near Fontainebleau, 100 km south of Paris, France.
She feels at home in her farmhouse, which is more than a hundred years old and has housed more than four generations.
Edna shares her self-chosen solitude with her neighbour – a strange, grumpy man whose name is Thierry. He doesn´t talk to anybody, even not to Edna, and seems to carry a heavy burden, a secret inside.
Edna´s house is full of old, quite famous paintings. Whenever she asked her grandfather, with who she grew up in this house, where these famous paintings of Souza-Pinto and Watteau came from, he asserted, that the Louvre gave them to him, because he did such a great job as museum´s guard… Edna, when she was a child, believed his words.
And now, longtime after his death, Edna decides not to think about it anymore. Truth is, that her grandfather Eduard Landru was one of the best fakers of art of his time. Both men, Eduard and Thierry, were in Paris during the occupation of the city by the Germans. Though it was the Second World War, the art market in cities like Paris flourished. Officers of the German Wehrmacht took the chance to buy art and stockpile it, always convinced, that they made an excellent business in that city they “possessed”. The business works fine for Eduard and Thierry, till a presumed friend denounced them to the Germans. But they catch Thierrys fiancée, a woman called Lydia, jewish, working for the French Resistance. She had helped them as a spy to get into contact with byers. The Germans torture her to death.
Thierry never recovered from this loss and revenged Lydia immediately by killing the traitor. This murder stays unsolved and relates Ednas grandfather with her neighbour Thierry. After the death of Eduard Landru, Thierry never again spoke to anybody.
One day a boy called Paul appears in Edna´s garden. He is twelve years old, and he behaves, as if the house was his. He always comes back to her, eats and drinks, and then he goes away. The village people blame him for theft, and to make it worse, he spreads the news, that Edna was his mother. The people believe him, for Edna and her neighbour Thierry are considered as outcasts.
There are plans to build a leisure park for which Edna´s and Thierry´s house have to be removed. Edna plans to convince the mayor and the planning company to save these two, very old houses full of memories. She still doesn´t have an ally in Thierry, but hopes that he will cooperate with her when things get more serious.
Edna falls in love with one of the architects from the planning staff, Philipe Carpe. But before their story can even begin, Philipe disappears without a trace. For he was seen last leaving Edna´s property, police starts investigating. Edna is supposed to have a motive to want to get rid of him. And Paul, the boy she never accepted as the son he wanted to be, takes the chance to blackmail Edna. He pretends to have seen Edna to have killed that man, and he knows, that police would rather believe him – the child – than an adult like Edna.
Is Paul even involved in this alleged murder? Was he jealous enough to do it? Is Thierry involved? He already did it once, why not a second time?
Edna seems lost. At least her friend Gilles, the bartender of the “Camion” is always there for her. Her only friend, the only one she trusts. Can she trust him?
Wow. Patricia, „Outcast“ has the complexities of a musical fugue. „There“, „not there“, re-appearing, copying what is real (paintings), and what is not, and so on. The neighbor, the police, the whole thing. It’s a grandiose endeavor. I cannot wait to read your book. Congratulations. Michel Karman, actor
Readers at amazon.de:
“A message in a bottle from another world – An adorably cranky protagonist, who lives in her own world. You dream yourself into a flowery garden, until this idyll breaks. Stunning plot. Touching, and far too short.”
“The marvellous world of Edna …”
“You cannot just read this book like that and put it away. Because it is a suspenseful journey, which can cost you a whole night, for you don´t want to sleep but to find out, how things will go on for Edna.“
„People who read The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared will love Outcast. I am not a reader of detective stories, but this book kept me with its great characters and this amazing spelling style. The plot is engrossing. A great book.“
Patricia Holland Moritz was born in then Karl-Marx-Stadt, Ex-GDR. She worked in Leipzig as a bookseller, in Paris as a tradeswoman for an express company, she did Northamerican studies in Berlin, worked there as tourmanager for music bands and then moved to Munich for a publishing house. Meanwhile she lives with her family in a village near Berlin and still works in the publishing business.
She is writing the regular internet column „The Spirit of Kasimir“ and publishes her short stories mainly in anthologies, in the internet and in newspapers. Together with Christian Führer, former priest and initiator of the Peaceful Revolution that ended the GDR, she wrote his autobiographie “And we have been there” (2009, Ullstein). For „Outcast“ she received the author´s grant of the Berlin senate. „Outcast“ is her first novel.
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