The narrator, a writer, Googles the name of her first lover, only to discover that he recently committed suicide. This shock upends her already shaky relationship with her husband and sets in motion a decision to compose the story of all her lovers. Twelve chapters in the book correspond to these men - one of whom, and not the last, is her husband. One Another may be autobiographical, or it may not, and the narrator's self-awareness leaves the reader undecided. She says, "My introverted, unhappy delivery may be hardening the audience's inclination to believe the narrator is me into the certainty that...only one person is standing before them: the narrator, unhappy in love." This is a sophisticated love story perfect for fans of Lauren Groff and Kate Atkinson.
-Cindy— From Cindy's Recs
One Another dazzles as Monique Schwitter deftly weaves an intricate, moving, and wonderfully eccentric portrayal of love and art—erotic, chaotic, comedic, tragic, and glorious.
When a writer googles the name of her first love and discovers he committed suicide years ago, she is deeply shaken. Memories of Petrus begin to flood into her mind, followed by the memories of other loves, one after another. What exactly is love? How does it come and go? She begins to search her personal history for answers. Twelve men. Twelve chapters in a novel. Melancholy Petrus, handsome actor Jakob, Simon with his pet rat, gay Nathanael, a student, her brother. Her husband’s story is supposed to be the last. But as story after story unfolds, the past and present entangle until her orderly search is interrupted by present-day complications of love and by a startling event overlooked at home that begins to seize the plotline of both her art and life.
About the Author
Monique Schwitter was born in Zurich, Switzerland, and now lives in Hamburg, Germany. She is the author of two volumes of short stories If It Snows, Let’s Meet at the Crocodile (2006), for which she was awarded the Robert Walser Prize, and Goldfish Memory (2011), as well as a novel Ohren haben keine Lider and the play Himmels-W (both in 2008).
One Another is a beautiful, charming, funny and philosophical book about the mad gamble of love. Schwitter is a miraculously gifted writer, and it’s pure pleasure to ricochet around her roomy, vibrant universe. There are no cold cases here—in these twelve chapters, old flames burn bright again, rekindled by the narrator’s powerful imagination. She fuses these shards of broken relationships into a mirror, revealing her own face to us in the process—a true delight.
— Karen Russell, author of "Swamplandia!" and "Vampires in the Lemon Grove"
Are we the sum of our beloveds—how we choose them, how we leave them, how we are abandoned? One Another is a young wife’s clear-eyed, witty look back on her twelve great loves: an album of memory and desire, of husbands, dogs, meals, debts, cemeteries, penguins, lovers and sons. Written with fervent honesty. Lit deeply from within.
— Dylan Landis, author of "Rainey Royal" and "Normal People Don’t Live Like This"