A fire broke out in the coal seams of their town years ago, and the flames are still smoldering underground. Margaret and Fritzi, the two sisters who are the heroines of Invitation to the Bold of Heart, the debut novel by Swiss writers Dorothee Elmiger, are the last remaining youth of this vanishing town. Their inheritance is nothing but an abandoned swathe of land ruled by devastation. But the sisters won’t accept this state of affairs—they set out on an expedition, determined to piece together the fragments of their family history. Only by learning their own story can they look to the future with hope. When they rediscover a long-forgotten river, the Margaret and Fritzi can sense a new life ahead.Invitation to the Bold of Heart is a startling dystopian tale of hope and exploration and a testament to the timeless need of youth to rebel against authority. Praise for the German Edition “The reader, too, gets to be at the mercy of this text—I myself turned into an echo chamber when I read it.”— Hildegard Elisabeth Keller, author of My Secret Is Mine: Studies on Religion and Eros in the German Middle Ages
Dorothee Elmiger is a Berlin-based Swiss writer. This, her first novel, won the Aspekte Prize and the Lauris Literature Prize, among others. Katy Derbyshire is a Berlin-based translator from London. She recently translated Inka Parei’s The Shadow-Boxing Woman, also published by Seagull Books.