Author(s): Rijneveld, Marieke Lucas, Hutchison, Michele (Commissioning Editor & Foreign Rights Manager),
Date of Publication: 24/09/2020
Pagination: 288 pages,
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Published By: Faber & Faber
Book Classification: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Fiction in translation
I asked God if he please couldn't take my brother Matthies instead of my rabbit.
Ten-year-old Jas has a unique way of experiencing her universe: the feeling of udder ointment on her skin as protection against harsh winters; the texture of green warts, like capers, on migrating toads; the sound of 'blush words' that aren't in the Bible.
But when a tragic accident ruptures the family, her curiosity warps into a vortex of increasingly disturbing fantasies - unlocking a darkness that threatens to derail them all.
A bestselling sensation in the Netherlands, Marieke Lucas Rijneveld's radical debut novel is studded with images of wild, violent beauty: a world of language unlike any other, exquisitely captured in Michele Hutchison's translation.
WINNER OF THE BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE 2020.