IL: Nov 15, 2022 – Reading Group: ELLY, BY MAIKE WETZEL

Join the Goethe-Institut Chicago this fall for a monthly in-person reading group focused on contemporary German-language novels that are newly available in English translation!

This reading group is free and open to all, and discussions will be held in English.


Eleven-year-old Elly is missing. After an extensive police search fails to find her, she is presumed dead, and her family must learn to live with a gaping hole in their lives. Then, four years later, she reappears on a Danish beach. But Elly seems like a completely different person, and soon her parents and sister are plagued by doubts. Is this stranger really the same little girl who went missing? And if not, who is she?

Elly is a gripping tale of grief, longing, and doubt, and a literary novel with all the page-turning qualities of a thriller.


When: November 15, 2022, 6 PM
Where: Goethe-Institut, 150 N Michigan Ave Suite 200, 60601 Chicago


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