Fiction. Steve is an American in Berlin and a man in crisis. He has reached a stage in his expatriate existence where he feels only frustration—with his work, with his milieu, with his life. The sole thing he takes real joy in is tango dancing. It is while cultivating this passion one evening that he makes the acquaintance of Sonja, an enigmatic woman who is suffering a similar malaise. Steve plunges into an affair with her. But what begins as an erotic adventure turns into a frenzy of emotion that he never thought possible. Set against the backdrop of present-day Berlin, this novel is a story of desire and the quest for love within a traditional form—but in a time when Facebook, smartphones and Internet dating sites chaperone the mating dance.
"The search for both authentic and requited feeling beyond the realm of pure sex."—Deutschlandfunk Kultur
Kevin McAleer grew up in Los Angeles, received his doctorate in history from the University of California, and now lives as a writer and translator in Berlin. His stories and essays have appeared in both German and American periodicals. Notable among his books are the epic poem ERROL FLYNN: AN EPIC LIFE (PalmArtPress 2018), which eminent film critic Rex Reed praised as "a daring adventure in biographical refurbishment," and the historical monograph DUELING: THE CULT OF HONOR IN FIN-DE-SIÈCLE GERMANY (Princeton Legacy Library 2014), a social portrait of duelists in Imperial Germany which The Wall Street Journal commended as "vivid and appalling" and the Encyclopaedia Britannica acclaimed one of its "Books of the Year."Author City: BERLIN GER