Where there's a will, there's a way...GRABBING THE FAMILY JEWELS is the terrific new novel from Gaby Hauptmann, author of the international bestseller IN SEARCH OF AN IMPOTENT MAN. With its wonderfully elaborate plot, hilarious misunderstandings, and wicked observations on the absurdities of life, it will delight fans and new readers alike. Anno Adelmann - survivor of two heart attacks - is a wealthy widower, and his four scheming daughters all have designs on his inheritance. Anno, who refers to them variously as hyenas and piranhas, decides to have a bit of fun at their expense. But what starts as a joke soon becomes much more serious, and the family finds itself dealing with kidnapping, blackmail, and even attempted murder. In this witty and irreverent satire, vanity is mocked and bad behaviour deliciously punished as four sisters learn some uncomfortable lessons in sibling rivalry.
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(198mm x 126mm x 25mm)
Virago Press Ltd
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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UK Kirkus Review »
In this fantastically farcical tale, the third novel by bestselling author Gaby Hauptmann, blackmail, kidnapping and attempted murder come together to create an absorbing story of love, lust, friendship, greed and family betrayal. Wealthy 85-year-old Anno Adelmann's four daughters are after his inheritance. Thekla, Renate, Bernadette and Lydia are conniving and manipulative and will stop at nothing to get their hands on their father's money - and the sooner the better. So when Anno moves the attractive and much younger Ina Schwarz into his villa, the four sisters declare war with funny, moving and devastating consequences. Anno's daughters are a sinister bunch who make Goneril and Regan look like angels. And behind these dreadful woman are their equally despicable husbands, who are just as willing to partake in less than legal activities for their share of Anno's money. Together they set out to destroy whoever stands in their way - Anno, Ina and even Ina's six-year-old daughter Caroline. Grabbing the Family Jewels has an eclectic bunch of characters, an intricate plot and some surreal situations. Yet however weird and wacky Hauptmann's world becomes, it remains totally believable. This is a superb novel. Witty and intriguing, with plenty of twists and turns and a constant supply of shocking revelations, it sends its reader on a roller-coaster of emotions and keeps them guessing right until the end. Unputdownable. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Gaby Hauptmann
Gaby Hauptmann was born in Trossingen, Germany in 1957. She has worked as a TV producer, filmscript writer and has run her own press office.