Wherever It Is Summer is a new novella for teens from Tamara Bach, author of many books for teenagers in Germany. This book has already won the German-French Prize for Youth Literature, a White Raven by the International Youth Library and the Catholic Children’s Youth Book Prize in 2013.
Written in the alternating voices of its two heroines, this is a touching story of the redemptive power of female friendship.
Wherever It Is Summer tells the story of Jana (13) and Louise (17). The last thing either of them is looking for this hot and boring summer is a friend of totally the wrong age. But then one day, they abandon their petty responsibilities and irritating families, and head off in a ‘borrowed’ car for a day by the lake. Their adventure is simple — beer, ice-cream, swimming, singing — but the friendship it forges between them turns out to be profound. When Jana experiences loss, it is only Louise’s tender and funny postcards that can haul her out of depression — right out of her bedroom window and off on another adventure to wherever it is summer.
Siobhán Parkinson of Little Island, publisher and translator of the book, says,
‘We are delighted to be publishing Germany’s star author of literary fiction for teenagers. Tamara Bach has an unerring empathy for the woes of adolescence and a voice that gives poetic expression to its joys as well as its melancholy. This tender novella was both a pleasure and a challenge to translate. Luckily, Tamara herself speaks excellent English and between us we came up with some interesting solutions!’
Deirdre Sullivan, author of Needlework and many other novels for teens, says that ‘Wherever It Is Summer deftly explores the no-man’s-land between childhood and adulthood and the power of female friendship, in language that is subtle and surprising.’
Tamara Bach was born in Limburg an der Lahn in 1976. She made her breakthrough with her first novel, Marsmädchen (The Girl From Mars), which was published in 2003 and received several book awards. Since then she has published many other novels, among them Was vom Sommer übrig ist (Wherever It Is Summer), which won the German-French Prize for Youth Literature, a White Raven by the International Youth Library and the Catholic Children’s Youth Book Prize in 2013. Tamara lives in Berlin.