Coralena by Michael Mail audiobook

Coralena

By Michael Mail
Read by Christopher Kay

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9.68 Hours Unabridged
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A terrifying journey of mystery and discovery where past and future collide, set against the backdrop of 1970s Germany, a country in political and spiritual turmoil. A young woman, Sophia, awakes in her new apartment. She is glad to be there, glad to have broken free of the quiet suffocation of her parental home, glad to have finally struck out on her own. And good fortune had brought her to this curious building, tucked away in the only part of the city to have survived the ravages of the last war—the Coralena—with its marked grey sandstone, ornate windows, and the decorous carving of a young woman’s face above the door. Sophia is feeling pleased with herself, pleased too with the Coralena’s beguiling complement of fussy old men and fussier women, intrigued by her grande dame of a landlady and her enigmatic, attractively rebellious son Dieter. She is leaving behind her past, with all its troubles and traumas. Life seems full of possibility. At work, her boss has given her new responsibilities; here Dieter appears as interested in her as she is in him. Untouched since the war, the apartment—like her life—seems ripe for renewal. She awakes full of these promises, and looking across the room, sees written on the morning condensation of the inside window one word: rage. So it begins for Sophia, who is forced upon a terrifying journey of discovery where past and future collide.

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Summary

Summary

A terrifying journey of mystery and discovery where past and future collide, set against the backdrop of 1970s Germany, a country in political and spiritual turmoil.

A young woman, Sophia, awakes in her new apartment. She is glad to be there, glad to have broken free of the quiet suffocation of her parental home, glad to have finally struck out on her own. And good fortune had brought her to this curious building, tucked away in the only part of the city to have survived the ravages of the last war—the Coralena—with its marked grey sandstone, ornate windows, and the decorous carving of a young woman’s face above the door.

Sophia is feeling pleased with herself, pleased too with the Coralena’s beguiling complement of fussy old men and fussier women, intrigued by her grande dame of a landlady and her enigmatic, attractively rebellious son Dieter. She is leaving behind her past, with all its troubles and traumas. Life seems full of possibility. At work, her boss has given her new responsibilities; here Dieter appears as interested in her as she is in him.

Untouched since the war, the apartment—like her life—seems ripe for renewal. She awakes full of these promises, and looking across the room, sees written on the morning condensation of the inside window one word: rage.

So it begins for Sophia, who is forced upon a terrifying journey of discovery where past and future collide.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Paced to perfection.” Sunday Telegraph (London)
“In the 1970s Sophia moves into the Coralena, an apartment in a favorite part of her German hometown. She meets new people and closely explores her surroundings, including her apartment. She soon unearths some ugly truths about what occurred in the Coralena during WWII. Both she and those around her are placed in jeopardy as she advances her bold plan for revenge. Christopher Kay’s understated narration is appropriate to his fiery subject. The complex story is enriched by his clear delivery and excellent accents as Kay weaves a sense of foreboding and dark secrets. German and war buffs will be richly rewarded by this unusual novel.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Michael Mail

Author Bio: Michael Mail

Michael Mail was born in Glasgow in 1959. He studied law at Strathclyde University, then in Jerusalem and Boston before settling in London. In 1999 he won the Macallan Scotland on Sunday short-story competition, the biggest short story prize for story writing in the UK.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 9.68
Audience: Adult
Language: English