Almost Everything Very Fast

Almost Everything Very Fast
A Novel
Christopher Kloeble; Translated from the German by Aaron Kerner

“Cleverly structured [and] consistently well written, and it vividly evokes a place—Bavaria’s ‘alpine uplands’—that many of us have never visited.”Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

“[Almost Everything Very Fast is] a story of family secrets that reads like a fairy tale, complete with the darkness essential to such tales. . . . Enormously satisfying.”Cedar Rapids Gazette

About the Book

A charming and suspenseful novel with a dark secret at its heart, set in an insular Bavarian village
Albert is nineteen, grew up in an orphanage, and never knew his mother. All his life Albert had to be a father to his father: Fred is a child trapped in the body of an old man. He spends his time reading encyclopedias, waves at green cars, and is known as the hero of a tragic bus accident. Albert senses that Fred, who has just been given five months left to live, is the only one who can help him learn more about his background.
With time working against them, Albert and Fred set out on an adventurous voyage of discovery that leads them via the underground sewers into the distant past—all the way back to a night in August 1912, and to the story of a forbidden love.
Almost Everything Very Fast, Christopher Kloeble's US debut, is a sensitive and dramatic family saga and page-turning road novel all in one.

Additional Reviews

“Moving . . . Kloeble's cinematic vision and vivid storytelling encompass a range of human emotion and iniquity.”Publishers Weekly

“This is a beautifully realized, cleverly plotted story of an unconventional family and what its members call their ‘most beloved possessions.’ . . . [A]bsorbing throughout and deeply satisfying.”Booklist

“The characters are captivating, the atmosphere tense, and the descriptions fascinating. Kloeble’s quirky, dark, and heartbreaking novel is difficult to put down, and impossible to forget.”Historical Novel Society