»A hellish din broke out. Everyone, absolutely everyone, picked up silverware, drummed on the wooden tables with the handles, stamped on the stone floor with their feet, a great beat, a roar, rhythmic and fast. Karen Susan stood up. For the Don’s outstretched finger was still pointing at her.«

– From Mitgift

Luchterhand Literary Publishers

Published 2002
Hardback with dust-jacket

Published as btb-paperback on 02.07.2007
ISBN: 978-3-442-73282-1


Aloe longs for unconditional devotion to her boyfriend. But Lucas is an astronaut by profession; his thoughts occupy a more distant intergalactic realm and rarely come into contact with the everyday. And Aloe, smart as she may be, is plagued by the secrets of her childhood. What lies hidden beneath her sister’s strange beauty? If she loses more and more weight, Aloe can look like her sister; perhaps she can feel like her sister, too.


‘One of this year’s most intelligent novels.’

Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ)