Join us in celebrating the launch of Schadenfreude, A Love Story by Rebecca Schuman. We’ll enjoy readings from Rebecca and Susan Signe Morrison.
Schadenfreude is the story of a teenage Jewish intellectual who falls in love—in love with a boy (who breaks her heart), a language (that’s nearly impossible to master), a culture (that’s nihilistic, but punctual), and a landscape (that’s breathtaking when there’s not a wall in the way). At once a snapshot of a young woman finding herself, and a country slowly starting to stitch itself back together after nearly a century of war (both hot and cold), Schadenfreude, A Love Story is an exhilarating, hilarious, and yes, maybe even heartfelt memoir proving that sometimes the truest loves play hard to get.
Rebecca Schuman is a St. Louis-based writer and translator who contributes regularly to The Awl, The Hairpin, Slate, the Atlantic, and other publications. She holds an MFA in fiction writing from The New School and a PhD in German from the University of California-Irvine. SCHADENFREUDE, A LOVE STORY is her first work of commercial nonfiction.
Living in Austin, Texas and Professor of English at Texas State University, Susan Signe Morrison lived in Germany during the 1980s and taught in the former East Germany. Her Stasi file has some unusual (and false) assertions. She will read selections from her published works on historical and legendary Germanic women.