The Slow Rhythm of Happiness

  • Moving tales of guilt and human failure, but also of empathy, forgiveness and of the slow rhythm of happiness
  • The multi-award winning SPIEGEL best-selling author proves her mastery also in the art of storytelling
  • Total sales of Mechtild Borrmann: over 900,000 copies
Emphatic and poetically beautiful: only Mechtild Borrmann can achieve that


Mechtild Borrmann’s stories tell of the people in the shadows, on the edges of society and sometimes also on the verge of legality. In clear, unadorned language, ordinary fates become momentary snapshots of being human. Sometimes harrowing, sometimes touching, sometimes conciliatory, the best-selling author recounts the wrangling and the despair, the anger and the forgiveness, big dreams, small moments of happiness and the beauty of the moment. Also in short stories, Mechtild Borrmann proves to be a “magnificent chronologist of everyday life and a true friend of mankind” (Reinhard Jahn, WDR5 Mordsberatung).


“In 20 miniature stories, Mechtild Borrmann dissects the fate of her figures with precision in quiet family dramas. Sometimes fatally bitter, sometimes gentle and full of hope. Spun like a master.” Hörzu
“With a laconic spice, Mechtild Borrmann describes daily life on the edge of legality. [...] Her metaphors are new and poetically beautiful.” Neue Westfälische

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  • Publisher: Droemer HC
  • Release: 01.04.2021
  • 192 pages
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Mechtild Borrmann

Mechthild Bormann, born 1960, spent her childhood and youth on the Lower Rhine. Before she turned to writing, she worked in the food service industry, and as a dance and theatre pedagogue. Her crime novel Wer das Schweigen bricht became a bestseller and was awarded the German Crime Writing Prize 2012. Mechthild Borrmann lives in Bielefeld, where she works as a free-lance author. In 2015, her novel “Der Geiger” was awarded the Readers’ Prize of ELLE/France.