(From the publisher):
Itís Switzerland in the 1920s when the two lovers first meet. She is young, beautiful and rich. In contrast, he can barely support himself and is interested only in music. By the end of their lives, he is a famous conductor and the richest man in the country, but she is penniless. And most important of all, no one knows of her love for him; it is a secret he took to his grave. Here begins Urs Widmerís novel My Motherís Lover
Based on a real-life affair, My Motherís Loveróthe first part of a much-loved trilogyóis the story of a lifelong and unspoken love for a manórecorded by the womanís son, who begins this novel on the day his motherís lover dies. Set against the backdrop of the Depression and World War II, it is a story of sacrifice and betrayal, passionate devotion and inevitable suffering. Yet in Widmerís hands, it is always entertaining and surprisingly comicóa unique kind of fairy tale.
Original title: Der Geliebte der Mutter
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Ties That Bind