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Tasting Sunlight by Ewald Arenz
About the Book
Teenager Sally has just run away from a clinic where she is to be treated for anorexia. She’s furious with everything and everyone, and wants to be left in peace. Liss is in her forties, living alone on a large farm that she runs single-handedly. She has little contact with the outside world, and no need for other people.
From their first meeting, Sally realises that Liss isn’t like other adults; she expects nothing of Sally and simply accepts who she is, offering her a bed for the night with no questions asked.
The first night lengthens into weeks as Sally starts to find pleasure in working with the bees, feeding the chickens, and harvesting potatoes. Eventually an unlikely friendship develops and these two damaged women slowly open up – connecting to each other, reconnecting with themselves, and facing the darkness in their pasts through their shared work on the land.
Who doesn’t ever feel uncompressed and ignored? Feeling that no one around you can understand your problems or how you feel? This is quite a beautiful story; a safe place to feel welcome and nurtured when you need someone by your side.
This is the story of Sally and Liss, since the first moment they felt a connection between them. A teenager and an adult, it could seem that they don’t have much in common, but sometimes not having much in common makes you have more in common than you expected. Their inner strength, the need to not needing anyone in their life, the safety in silence…
This is a beautiful story; it was not difficult to feel connected with the characters, I was once a teenager without any adults to confide in or to talk to. Maybe that’s why I feel so connected with this story or the desire to have someone similar to Sally when I needed it most. Either way, I really loved this book, it was beautifully written and emotional, human and real. A book I would have loved to read when I was young and a book that I will re-read now that I am an adult.
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About The Author
Ewald Arenz was born in Nurnberg in 1965, where he now teaches. He has won various national and regional awards for literature; among them the Bavarian State Prize for Literature and the great Nuremberg Prize for Literature. One of seven children, he enjoys nature, woodturning, biking, swimming, and drinking tea. He lives with his family in Germany.