Thirty Days
Thirty Days

Thirty Days

By Annelies Verbeke

Alphonse, funny, observant, and imaginative, is a former musician who has left Brussels with his girlfriend Cat to live near her parents in the buttoned-up rural district of Westhoek. It has open fields, wide low skies, more World War I graves than almost anywhere else in Europe—and one of the highest suicide rates in the Western world. Alphonse starts a new life as a handyman. As he paints and decorates the interior of people’s homes he gets to know their…
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Alphonse, funny, observant, and imaginative, is a former musician who has left Brussels with his girlfriend Cat to live near her parents in the buttoned-up rural district of Westhoek. It has open fields, wide low skies, more World War I graves than almost anywhere else in Europe—and one of the highest suicide rates in the Western world. Alphonse starts a new life as a handyman. As he paints and decorates the interior of people's homes he gets to know their complex emotional lives—their affairs, familty disturbances, messy divorces, everyday cruelties, and unexpected dreams. But when he, Cat, and a client help a group of Afghans and Syrians at a makeshift refugee camp, he learns that not all locals appreciate their work …

Humorous, melancholy, and wise, this is a deeply moving story about love, outsiders, and the need to belong.

'A dialogue with our fickle, tough times. Read it slowly. Put it aside. Read it again.'—David Van Reybrouck, author of Congo

Annelies Verbeke

Annelies Verbeke (Belgium) is a Belgian novelist who also writes short stories, essays, plays, and screenplays. Her first novel Slaap! (Sleep!) sold over 75,000 copies and was published in twenty-two countries. Her novel-in-stories Assumptions was published in English in 2015. Thirty Days was nominated for prestigious literary prizes and sold over 25,000 copies. She lives in Ghent.

Language Dutch
Format Paperback
ISBN

9789462380691

Translator(s)

Liz Waters

Original Title

Dertig Dagen

Year of publication

2016

Date of publication 18 August 2016